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Plan for Dalai Lama to visit Hong Kong may fall prey to Beijing's meddling

Immigration officials tight-lipped about whether Tibetan spiritual leader will be allowed into city

PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 03 June, 2013, 7:14am

A religious group has invited the Dalai Lama to Hong Kong in September and is confident that the trip will go ahead, despite the tensions between the Tibetan spiritual leader and the mainland's government.

Philip Li Koi-hop, chairman of the Hong Kong Tibetan and Han-Chinese Friendship Association, said he has visited the Dalai Lama four times in India between 2009 and 2011.

"One time I asked him if he wanted to come to Hong Kong. He answered 'Yes', and said a University of Hong Kong professor had invited him earlier. But the Hong Kong government rejected the visit," Li said yesterday.

Li sent his current invitation to the 77-year-old spiritual leader following his return from his latest visit.

The Dalai Lama's office has not yet given him a reply, but Li said that was normal protocol.

Li hopes to use media pressure to urge the Dalai Lama to come to Hong Kong as well as to lean on the Immigration Department to allow the visit.

But political scientist Dr James Sung Lap-kung of City University said the invitation would prompt Beijing to meddle in Hong Kong's affairs.

He said the central government had taken a "hardline approach" to the Dalai Lama for a long time and that the chances it would suddenly soften its stance to allow the visit were slim.

Li has applied to the Immigration Department to allow the Dalai Lama to visit the city, but it has not given an answer. It has said only that it processes all applications according to the law and current immigration policy.

It said it would consider all factors related to an application before making a final decision.

Li says that if the exiled leader is allowed to enter Hong Kong, his visit will represent significant progress in easing tensions with Beijing. He says he is confident that the Dalai Lama will be able to make the trip.

The association has also sent letters to authorities on the mainland, and to President Xi Jinping, about the proposed visit. It has yet to receive a reply.

The 14th Dalai Lama was named in 1950, a year after the founding of the People's Republic of China. He has not returned to Tibet since a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.


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Maybe the Dalai Lama himself is the real hindrance to progress in Tibet. If he wants to make a positive contribution he would condemn out of hand self-immolated by his supporters. Almost nobody in the media is asking real questions—or digging up real answers—I wonder why?
If you follow his personal history a very different person emerges...For a good overview of information relating to DL it is worth checking out ****misebogland.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/the-myths-of-the-dalai-lama-laid-bare-the-myth-hoax-and-the-luciferian-agenda-the-santos-republic/
If it's in a blog or Wikipedia, it must be true!
wow! what a credible link! a random blog with some random images! thanks. you are right. The DL is evil and the CCP is our savior! However, on further reflection, its more likely you are just a moron.
China welcomes Mugabe and his family to HK, but not the Dalai Lama. That should tell you all you need to know about China.
"Meddling" ? Foreign relations are clearly outlined as being the responsibility of the mainland government. If the Dalai Lama is a persona non grata then there is nothing the SAR government can do about it. Oh, except whining about the "meddling".
difficult to think straight when you have your head so far up the rear of the nearest Chinese Communist Party cadre, mrgoodkat. Tibet was never part of China and someday soon, with the grace of God, will not be once again.
One country, one system, one master.
Wrong. One country, 2 system one master.


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