Dalai remark on democracy irk China


China has lambasted the visit by a man it brands a separatist, but it is considered unlikely to jeopardise growing economic ties between the long-time political rivals, and even on Monday the two sides launched their first regular direct flights in decades.

The spiritual leader  did not mention Tibet but told reporters he was in favour of democracy. “We are not seeking separation for Taiwan, but the fate of Taiwan depends on the more than 20 million people. You are enjoying democracy and that you must preserve,” he said. “I myself am totally dedicated to the promotion of democracy.” As with its denunciation when the visit was announced last week, China focused its criticism on the opposition Democratic Progressive Party. “The DPP has ulterior motives to instigate the Dalai Lama’s visit to Taiwan, who has long been engaged in separatist activities. The Dalai Lama’s visit to Taiwan is bound to have a negative influence on the relations between the mainland and Taiwan.”

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