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Dalai Lama heads for Taiwan

August 31, 2009

UPI
August 30, 2009

NEW DELHI, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Despite opposition
from China, the Dalai Lama left India for Taiwan
Sunday, where he was to pray for victims of Typhoon Morakot, authorities said.

China long has accused Taiwan of separatism and
the Dalai Lama of advocating for Tibetan independence from China.

The Dalai Lama had no political aim for his
visit, his spokesman Tenzin Taklha told CNN Sunday.

The Dalai Lama, who fled Tibet for India in 1959,
was to pray for Taiwanese residents battered by
the Aug. 8 typhoon, which killed more than 400
and caused mudslides and floods throughout the island, CNN reported.

The visit was approved by Taiwanese President Ma
Ying-jeou, who has taken a more conciliatory
approach with China than his predecessor Chen
Shui-bian, who rejected China's assertion that
Taiwan is an inalienable part of China, CNN reported.

The Dalai Lama was scheduled to return to India Friday.
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