Taiwan would welcome a check out by exiled Tibetan non secular leader the Dalai Lama, its international ministry explained on Monday, a vacation that would infuriate Beijing which sights him as a harmful separatist.
The Dalai Lama has not frequented the Chinese-claimed, democratic island beneath the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen, who initially took office in 2016. He final came in 2009.
In a birthday message by means of movie link to supporters in Taiwan on Sunday, the Dalai Lama claimed he would like to stop by again.
“As the political situation modifications, it may be that I’ll be in a position to visit you in Taiwan yet again. I hope so. Whatever transpires I will keep on being with you in spirit,” he stated on his web site.
Taiwan Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou claimed the governing administration experienced not yet gained an application for him to travel to the island but would handle it below “appropriate guidelines” if 1 came.
“We will, in accordance with the principle of mutual regard and at a time of benefit for both sides, welcome the Dalai Lama to arrive to Taiwan once again to propagate Buddhist teachings,” Ou included.
Beijing is deeply suspicious of Taiwan’s president, believing she wishes to force for the island’s formal independence. Tsai suggests Taiwan is currently an independent state referred to as the Republic of China, its formal identify.
Taipei-Beijing relations have worsened more because Taiwan made available to receive Hong Kong individuals who want to depart the metropolis following China passed a new national safety legislation past week, an provide Beijing has condemned.
The Dalai Lama fled into exile in India in 1959 after an abortive uprising from Chinese rule. He gained the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.
China accuses him of currently being a “splittist”, but he claims he only wants authentic autonomy for his remote Himalayan homeland.
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