China Warns Taiwan To Prevent Dalai Lama’s Visit

The Dalai Lama hasn’t been allowed to enter Taiwan since 2009 by the orders of its former president, Ma Ying-jeou.

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Freddy Lim, one of Taiwan’s most famous heavy-metal singers and member of parliament  invited the Dalai Lama  last week. (Photo: AP)

China, on Wednesday, warned Taiwan not to allow exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama to visit the country. This came after a high-profile Taiwanese legislator invited him to the self-ruled island, a trip that would worsen already poor ties with China.

China regards the 80-year-old monk as a separatist. Taiwan’s former president, Ma Ying-jeou, who favoured close economic ties with China, refused the Dalai Lama entry several times after his last visit to Taiwan in 2009.

On that occasion, Ma allowed him in but did not meet him.

Taiwan’s new president, Tsai Ing-wen, elected in January, has not said whether the government would allow a visit by the Dalai Lama, who congratulated Tsai on her “remarkable” victory.

Freddy Lim, one of Taiwan’s most famous heavy-metal singers and an outspoken critic of Beijing, who was elected to parliament in January, invited the Dalai Lama when he met him in India last week.

China is suspicious of Tsai and her pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, even as Tsai insists she wants to maintain peace with China.

China claims Taiwan as its own and has never renounced the use of force to bring it under its control. Defeated Nationalist forces fled to the island at the end of a civil war with the Communists in 1949.

The Dalai Lama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, fled into exile in India in 1959 after an abortive uprising against Communist rule.

(This article has been edited for length.)

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