Meeting, Hosting Dalai Lama major offence warns China on Saturday on the sidelines of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. A Chinese leader named the Dalai Lama as a political figure and warned the foreign leaders or representatives of any nation from meeting or hosting His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet.
“Any country or any organisation or anyone accepting to meet with the Dalai Lama in our view is a major offence to the sentiment of the Chinese people,” said Zhang Yijiong, Executive Vice Minister of the United Front Work Department of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC).
“Also, since they have committed to recognising China as a sole legitimate government representing China, it contravenes their attempt, because it is a serious commitment,” Zhang added according to The Statesman.
While His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a Noble Peace prize laureate is hailed as the beacon of hope for the world peace for preaching the practice of love and compassion as taught in the core subject of Buddhism of which he is spiritual head, China accuses him a dangerous element.
China invaded Tibet in 1959 leading to the exile of the then political head of Tibet, the Dalai Lama to India changed the course of their struggle by assorting to only non-violent approach through dialogue while at the same time he suggesting for the genuine autonomy of Tibet, instead of continuing to seek the independence of Tibet from China. The political approach was termed as the Middle Way Policy which not falling on either sides, compromises to an extend promoting mutual benefit, eliminating all unnecessary violence and sacrifices of life.
However, China failed on table of dialogue till now despite more than 10 rounds of talks between the representative of the two sides were already held in the past. China also termed him as a political figure under the cloak of religion.
“I want to make it clear that the 14th Dalai Lama, the living Buddha handed down by history is a political figure under the cloak of religion,” said Zhang.
This statement from the Chinese leader comes at a time when the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is set to visit India in a week’s time and it is obvious that China is hinting at Tillerson to not think about meeting the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader seated in the Himalayan town, Dharamsala in India.