Taiwan would welcome a go to by exiled Tibetan religious chief the Dalai Lama, its international ministry mentioned on Monday, a visit that may infuriate Beijing which views him as a harmful separatist.
The Dalai Lama has not visited the Chinese language-claimed, democratic island beneath the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen, who first took workplace in 2016. He final got here in 2009.
In a birthday message by way of video hyperlink to supporters in Taiwan on Sunday, the Dalai Lama mentioned he wish to go to once more.
“Because the political situation adjustments, it could be that I am going to be capable to go to you in Taiwan once more. I hope so. No matter occurs I am going to stay with you in spirit,” he mentioned on his web site.
Taiwan Overseas Ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou mentioned the federal government had not but acquired an utility for him to journey to the island however would deal with it beneath “related guidelines” if one got here.
“We’ll, in accordance with the precept of mutual respect and at a time of comfort for either side, welcome the Dalai Lama to come back to Taiwan once more to propagate Buddhist teachings,” Ou added.
Beijing is deeply suspicious of Taiwan’s president, believing she needs to push for the island’s formal independence. Tsai says Taiwan is already an impartial nation known as the Republic of China, its official title.
Taipei-Beijing relations have worsened additional since Taiwan supplied to obtain Hong Kong people who want to depart the town after China handed a brand new nationwide safety regulation final week, a suggestion Beijing has condemned.
The Dalai Lama fled into exile in India in 1959 after an abortive rebellion towards Chinese language rule. He gained the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.
China accuses him of being a “splittist”, however he says he solely desires real autonomy for his distant Himalayan homeland.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Modifying by Nick Macfie)
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