South African MP Calls China’s Protest Against Tibetan Leader’s Visit Foolish

A South African MP slammed China for protesting and threatening the country for allowing the Tibetan political leader to visit the country. The South African parliamentarian called the Chinese embassy’s strong protest along with the threat against to the country beyond the limits and foolish.

“The reaction by the Chinese Embassy at the visit to South Africa by Dr Lobsang Sangay, the President of the Central Tibetan Administration is so over the top and quite ludicrous,” said the South African parliamentarian Sandy Kalyan where she added that the President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr. Lobsang Sangay had been invited by Hon Buthelezi to attend SONA (State of the National Address) by President Zuma.

The South African MP called on China to stop threatening her country by holding their investments as ransom. She clarified that if China wishes, it should go!

“In a manner reminiscent of a child throwing a tantrum, the Chinese issued a strongly worded statement that the visit would result in Chinese investment being discouraged. Such veiled threats to the Government of SA cannot be ever entertained. If China wants to go, it should go. The time for non South Africans to hold the South African Government to ransom is long gone.” Sandy Kalyan added.

She also questioned the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) for allegedly having issued a “stern” warning to the Office of Tibet for Dr Sangay to keep a low profile, informing that the Democratic Alliance party will write for clarity from DIRCO on China’s assertion that South African Government has made a promise to China not to allow Tibetans to South Africa.

“Hon Sandy Kalyan have been a Member of Parliament in the Parliament of South Africa with the official opposition Democratic Alliance since 1999 to present day. She served as the Deputy Shadow Minister on International Affairs and also a Member of the Pan African Parliament where she chairs the Committee on Rules, Discipline and Privileges. Sandy attended the Five-Fifty Forum: Shaping Tibet’s Political Future, organized by the Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) of Central Tibetan Administration and held in Dharamsala in October last year.” explained the report in the official website of Central Tibetan Administration.

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