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Dalai Lama's New Zealand visa safe-guarded by PM

April 5, 2009

New Zealand Visa Bureau
Phayul
April 3, 2009

The New Zealand visa for the Dalai Lama has been
pre-emptively approved by the New Zealand Prime
Minister John Keys after pressure from a local
Chinese organisation called for it to be refused.

The New Zealand visa for the Tibetan leader was
under question after the United Chinese
Association wrote to Parliament to have his New
Zealand visa cancelled. The Dalai Lama is due to
visit New Zealand to speak at the Vector Arena in Auckland on 6 December.

Last month, the South African Government refused
him a visa to visit a Nobel laureates peace
conference because, according to the New Zealand
Herald, the Government did not want to disrupt relations with China.

According to Radio New Zealand, the Government
has confirmed his New Zealand visa application
would be processed in the usual way, and that he
would have no troubles having his New Zealand visa granted.

Chinese New Zealanders are the fifth largest
ethnic group in New Zealand, and the largest
Asian ethnic group in the country, according to Statistics New Zealand.

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