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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Sunday, July 04, 2004

Dalai Lama Cancels Spain Visit Due To Health Concerns

 Dalai Lama: Spiritual Leader of the Tibnetan PeopleThe Dalai Lama leader of Tibetan Buddhists has been forced to cancel a planned visit to Spain due to health concerns.

The Dalai Lama was due in Barcelona Spain to celebrate his birthday on July 6 as well as to meet local Buddhists and admirers.

Phayul.com the Tibetan diaspora newspaper reports that his Holiness has been ordered by doctors to take two weeks rest from what has been a punishing travel itinerary this year in an attempt to shake off a persistent cough.

The Lama, 69 on July 6, has been constantly on the move this year visiting the likes of Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Taiwan where he has been met by considerable success for his political and spiritual agendas much to the chagrin of Beijing.

The Chinese communist government has embarked on an all out "anti Lama" propaganda war this year in an attempt to counter the Lama's growing celebrity and popularity. A "White paper" China's highest level tool to persuade international opinion was released on the Tibet situation in May and addressed issues relating to the Dalai Lama and his calls for greater autonomy for the Tibetan people. As well the Chinese has maintained constant diplomatic pressure on host countries resulting in one country at least, Russia, denying the Lama a visa to visit.

The Dalai Lama has confirmed engagements still to be fulfilled in the United States and Central America. According to the Miami Herald he will speak at two venues in Florida in September.

One event had to be rescheduled to a stadium to accommodate an audience of 13,000 people. The Miami Herald further reports that the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet will give an address titled "World peace through inner peace."

Tickets for the Florida event range from US$22 to US$90 prices that certainly place the Dalai Lama into the "star" category.

He is due in central America in October

"Dalai Lama cancels Spain visit for health reasons".www.phayul.com July 3 2004 (Viewed July 4 2004)

AAP."Dalai Lama to speak in South Florida this fall" The Miami Herald July 3 2004 (viewed July 5)