Dalai Lama’s planned Norway visit draws Chinese ire

China’s Foreign Ministry expressed anger on 20 December 2013 at plans by the Dalai Lama to visit Norway, a country with which China already has strained ties following the awarding of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to prominent Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.lama4_fredscenter_photo

“China resolutely opposes any country receiving the Dalai Lama. China resolutely opposes any form of official meetings with the Dalai Lama by government officials of other countries,” ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily news briefing.

“We hope that the related parties will effectively respect China’s core concerns, take practical efforts and make effective actions to improve relations,” she added, in response to a question about the Dalai Lama’s Norway trip.

In photo, the Dalai Lama on an earlier visit to Norway (Photo credit: Nobel Peace Center, Norway)

Geir Lundestad, the secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, told Reuters that the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader would be coming to Norway in May, but that he was coming at the invitation of local Buddhist groups, not the Nobel Committee.

Source: DNA India

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