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China slams Dalai Lama's US trip


Beijing urges the US to cancel a visit by the Dalai Lama, who they say will use the occasion to try to split China.

"The Dalai Lama is not purely a religious figure but a long-term political exile involved in separatist activities," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

It urged Washington not to allow the unconfirmed visit, which it says the Dalai Lama will use to try to split China.

split china? give me a break.....


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Aug. 28th, 2003 12:55 pm (UTC)
As if the rest of the world doesn't realize China moved in and took over Tibet, forcing the native culture underground and sending its religious leaders into exile... I mean, puleeeze. China as one big happy monozygotic family just won't fly.

I hope the Dalai Lama makes it here again. I missed my chance to see him last visit.
Aug. 29th, 2003 09:13 am (UTC)
he will be here in september. (http://www.dalailamanyc.org/index.php4?fuseaction=home.schedule) if you ever have the opportunity to attend one of his teachings, do go. he is an amazing man. i will always feel blessed that i was able to attend the monlam teachings at his home in dharamsala, and that i was able to have a seat so close to him because i was working in the refugee camp. i was also fortunate enough to be sitting with a translator. :)
the teachings are usually on radio tibet (http://www.tibetbroadcast.com/) and voice of tibet (http://www.vot.org/).
Aug. 29th, 2003 09:33 am (UTC)
Is he only going to be in NYC then? I don't think I could make it there next month. :( One of my favorite restaurants in Madison had a little shrine off the main entrance and a big picture of HH by the door. The owner and family had met him on one of his visits. Very nice people. And when I was in Switzerland in 1975 there was a large group of Tibetan refugees camped around Lake Geneva. They had a kind of open air market where they were selling some of their posessions. I bought a beautiful ornate knife with silk tassles. Unfortunately, I no longer have it. I wish now that I could have talked to them, but I was only 14 and incredibly naive on world events.
Aug. 29th, 2003 12:36 am (UTC)
such powerful geomancy the dali possesses if he can split such a large country in half ;)

please, there is so many mixed ethnic types in china and ones that have been ostracized for years that don't want anything to do with the current political structure, but don't have a choice.....

*chuckles* gotta love politispeak...
Aug. 29th, 2003 09:18 am (UTC)
one day, hopefully in our lifetime, there will be an uprising that will be successful. there are enough tibetans escaping to india for an education and returning to tibet to teach their culture and language to those who remain, to make an impact on the future. it isn't even so much that tibetans want freedom anymore, but cultural and religious autonomy. there has been talk that there will not be a next dalai lama because his life would be endanger just like the last incarnation of the panchen lama (http://www.tibet.ca/panchenlama).
Aug. 29th, 2003 09:30 pm (UTC)
it is allways a tragedy to lose a culture. so many native american cultures are fading much the same way.
to much assimilation for many tribes, to few remain to remember the old ways

and thank you for the link. interesting.
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