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China "has no right to interfere" H.H the Dalai Lama's visit to Taiwan

September 1, 2009

Keary, Taipei correspondent
The Tibet Post International
August 29, 2009

Taipei -- The Taiwanese Democratic Progressive
Party issued another statement today regarding
His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visit to Taiwan and
the allegations made by the Chinese government
yesterday. The party states that the Dalai Lama's
visit to Taiwan is merely for the victims of
Typhoon Morakot, and is a positive visit in the
eyes of the Taiwan people; therefore, "the
Beijing government should not and has no right to interfere in the matter."

The statement continues, "The world religious
leader - His Holiness the Dalai Lama, will visit
Taiwan tomorrow (30 August) for five days. The
Taiwanese Democratic Progressive Party has
expressed its most sincere welcome and deepest
gratitude to the Tibetan spiritual leader. We
believe that His Holiness will carry a message
concerning religious issues, compassion, peace,
and humanity, soothe the hearts of their victims,
and help them gather the strength to rebuild their homes.”

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has visited Taiwan
twice in the past, indicating a profound
friendship between Taiwan and Tibet. He
immediately expressed concern for the 88 typhoon
victims, a gesture very meaningful to the
Taiwanese. The Dalai Lama's trip is one of
humanitarian concern, and DPP hopes that the
community will respect the purpose of this trip and not to make it political.

After the flood and disasters, the major
religious organizations offering relief to
helping victims have invested thousands of
volunteers, much money, and other donated
materials. The DDP states that, “We…believe that
the major religious organizations demonstrate
their high humanitarianism view, same as His
Holiness the Dalai Lama, and we view them with the deepest admiration."

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is highly respected
by the people of the world. China firmly opposes
his visit to Taiwan, but this rejection violates
the fundamental values of democratic countries,
and is also at odds with Taiwanese mainstream
public opinion. The decision to allow his visit
is ultimately in the hands of the victims he will
bless, and a Taiwanese government that wants to
help its people recover from the disastrous typhoon.

Ma Yinjeou's government has agreed to the Dalai
Lama’s visit, demonstrating a rare consensus
between Taiwan’s rival political groups. The
Democratic Progressive Party has called the
leaders of Taiwan to play a positive role in His
Holiness's visit, suggesting that all
interactions should be based on mutual respect
and efficiency, meeting the goals of this
humanitarian trip in order to garner international respect.
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