The two great evils of Chinese nationalism have converged on one spot, the ‘splittists’ and the Japanese. LOL As far as I know hell has not froze over and there has been no WWIII.
The Dalai Lama has been on a world tour, having stopped in the U.S. last month. The Chinese response, as shown in the article, was fairly muted. I’m quite surprised. No staged protest in China, no talk of “disgust” or Japan “colluding to undermine Chinese sovereignty”.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said, “We have reiterated many times our opposition to any country providing convenience or platform for Dalai Lama’s activities aimed at separating China. We expressed our regret over Japan’s permission of Dalai’s entry into Japan and his visit to the country“.
Hmmm…this is strage.
By MARI YAMAGUCHI
Associated Press Writer
TOKYO (AP) — The Dalai Lama visited Japan’s most sacred Shinto shrine Sunday and brushed off Chinese criticism of his recent international travels.
The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader prayed at Ise Jingu, the nation’s holiest Shinto shrine, before giving a lecture at nearby Kogakkan University, according to organizer Norihiro Kimura.
Details of his shrine visit could not be released, Kimura said, citing security reasons.
The Dalai Lama told reporters Saturday in Ise that his mission is to promote harmony among different religions, and vowed to continue exchanges with religious leaders around the world.
The Dalai Lama said if he dies in exile his successor would appear anywhere but China in order to keep his mission alive.
China has ruled Tibet with a heavy hand since its Communist-led forces invaded in 1951, and it has accused the Buddhist monk of defying its sovereignty by pushing for Tibetan independence.
The Dalai Lama, who lives in exile in India, says he wants “real autonomy” for Tibet.
He reiterated Saturday that autonomy was all he was asking for, not independence, and refused to accept China’s allegation that he is a “separatist,” Japanese media reported.
The Dalai Lama also is scheduled to attend a Buddhist conference in Yokohama and visit a high school in the capital during his nine-day visit, his Tokyo office said. The visit is due to end Nov. 23.
Beijing routinely criticizes his frequent visits abroad, saying foreign governments are interfering in its internal affairs by receiving him.
Hours after his arrival Thursday, China’s Foreign Ministry criticized Japan for allowing him to visit the country for “separatist activities.”
The Japanese Foreign Ministry said top government officials had no plans to meet with the 72-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
The Dalai Lama’s recent meetings with leaders of Canada, Germany and the U.S. have also drawn rebukes from Chinese officials.