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    China denounces proposed Dalai Lama visit to Taiwan

    China denounces proposed Dalai Lama visit to Taiwan - Yahoo! News

    By Ralph Jennings and Lucy Hornby Ralph Jennings And Lucy Hornby 1 hr 55 mins ago
    TAIPEI/BEIJING (Reuters) China promptly denounced a proposed trip to Taiwan by the Dalai Lama on Thursday, saying any such visit by a man Beijing brands a separatist threatened to "sabotage" improving relations.

    Taiwan, a self-ruled island claimed by Beijing, approved the visit by the Nobel Peace laureate to comfort victims of a deadly typhoon at a time of burgeoning trade and investment between the rivals.

    "No matter under what form or identity Dalai uses to enter Taiwan, we resolutely oppose this," China's Taiwan Affairs Bureau said in a statement carried by Xinhua news agency.

    "Some of the people in the Democratic Progressive Party use the disaster rescue excuse to invite Dalai to Taiwan to sabotage the hard-earned positive situation of cross-straits relations."

    Beijing brands the India-based Tibetan luminary as a separatist and condemns his trips abroad.

    An aide to the Dalai Lama in the Indian town of Dharamsala said the spiritual leader had been keen to visit Taiwan.

    "As of now, we are planning a visit to Taiwan and the dates are still being worked out," Tenzin Taklha said. "We want to make it very clear that the Dalai Lama is visiting Taiwan to express condolences to victims and lead prayers."

    China is considered unlikely to retaliate by choking off growing economic ties between the long-time political rivals.

    By blaming the opposition DPP and not Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou or the ruling Nationalist Party (KMT), Beijing may have indicated it does not wish to escalate the issue.

    It seems that old China is beginning to soften-up. Sure, they condemn the visit, but they are much less hardline than they would have been 10-years ago. This denounciation is nothing more than political posturing. So what are your thoughts, is economic success beginning to soften the PRC?

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    Re: China denounces proposed Dalai Lama visit to Taiwan

    No, visibility is.
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    Re: China denounces proposed Dalai Lama visit to Taiwan

    Taiwan is a separate country from China. No, I don't see China softening its position toward His Holines the Dalai Lama.

    He still is a threatening presence to the Chinese government from their point of view.
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    Re: China denounces proposed Dalai Lama visit to Taiwan

    Quote Originally Posted by windovervocalcords View Post
    Taiwan is a separate country from China. No, I don't see China softening its position toward His Holines the Dalai Lama.

    He still is a threatening presence to the Chinese government from their point of view.
    Right, but they are doing nothing more than beating their chest over this. It is all a show for propaganda. Economic trade between Taiwan and China is vital to both states, that is why China shifted the blame of the visit away from the Taiwanese president. China can not risk hurting trade relations.

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