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Dalai Lama envoy: Don't be intimidated

2011-10-13 21:33

Cape Town - Sovereign nations such as South Africa should never allow themselves to be intimidated or scared into making decisions, the Dalai Lama's representative in Africa said on Thursday.

"As a nation oppressed by the Chinese government, we would certainly want to see any sovereign nation have their own foreign policy and not be dictated to by anybody," Sonam Tenzing told the Cape Town Press Club.

"They must stand up and not be intimidated or scared when making decisions."

Tenzing said South Africa had the right not to grant the Dalai Lama a visa. However, what was lacking in this case was the failure to give a decision on the visa.

"The visa fees were all paid, for seven passports, yet there was no answer at all," he said.

The only response the Dalai Lama received was from the South African embassy in India, which said it was awaiting advice from Pretoria.

"His Holiness The Dalai Lama waited and waited, and when he realised that nothing was coming out, that convinced him that inconvenience was being felt by someone and he came to the decision."

He said the president's office had thrown the ball into the court of the department of international relations, which then threw it into someone else's court.

"Everyone was affected by this confusion," Tenzing said.

International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane had promised in 2009, after the Dalai Lama was denied a visa, that the Tibetan spiritual leader would be free to visit South Africa in the future.

Tenzing said he carried the quote around in his pocket.

"South African people, the media, everyone, was asking the question why there was no decision to grant the visa to His Holiness The Dalai Lama."

Comments
  • Koos - 2011-10-13 22:20

    Yep the Commies are simply bowing to their political masters.

  • darryn.havenga - 2011-10-14 08:29

    How does SA comfortably sit with supporting a One China policy, when its foreign policy supports a 2 state solution for Palestine and Israel, it supported a 2 State Sudan, and our constitution supports the right for minorities to be self ruled... hipocrit anyone?

      greeff.kotze - 2011-10-15 10:20

      The things is - Taiwan also supports a One China policy. Though I can't understand why...

  • Astraea - 2011-10-14 15:59

    I wonder who or what is really behind this. Perhaps it is someone other than the South Africans themselves. Perhaps it is someone stirring things up for their own purposes, none of which are useful or helpful to South Africa or His Holiness the Dalai Lama. I think it is someone behind the scenes, in the dark, who wishes to keep the Chinese and the Dalai Lama at loggerheads with each other for their own ends - using South Africa this time. I have heard that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has made disparaging remarks about the Chinese and about Chine4se officials, but I do not believe that he would be so foolish since it does no one any good at all, especially not the Tibetans. China cannot leave Tibet, not even if they wanted to. How could they? Some other power would be in there instantly - and that would not be useful or helpful or healthy for the People of Tibet in any way. Obviously it is the mafia bankers who control things - on all sides! Let us all wake up, please!

      Sid - 2011-10-18 19:56

      Obviously!

  • paddy.hulst - 2011-10-15 08:33

    did'nt realise that robes had pockets!

  • maricha.knightvanheerden - 2011-10-15 11:04

    our government is intimidated by a 30 something year old citizen now can you imagine how intimidated our Chinese "friends" make them feel? Money buys the whiskey comrades.

  • phathuchicos - 2011-10-15 19:53

    Sorry Dally...here in Africa money makes the world go around and China has it...

  • John - 2011-10-17 20:13

    “ The Gang of Four Chinese Communist Party members came to power during the Cultural Revolution (1966–76), and were charged with a series of treasonous crimes. The gang consisted of Jiang Qing, Mao Zedong's last wife as the leading figure of the group, and her close associates Zhang Chunqiao, Yao Wenyuan, and Wang Hongwen. In 1980, the trials of the Gang of Four began. Among the prosecution’s charge of actual crimes were the usurpation of state power and party leadership; the persecution of some 750,000 people, 34,375 of whom died during the period 1966-76. It was at this trial that Jiang Qing made the famous quote: "I was Chairman Mao's dog. I bit whomever he asked me to bite." Jiang Qing was sentenced to death in 1981. “ Source Wikipidia. I was inspired to write a song commemorating the death of such evil people: Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dogs of Mao Tse Tsung! Auss! Auss, Auss! Auss! Auss Auss! Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dogs of Jiang Qing! Auss! Auss, Auss! Auss! Auss Auss! Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dogs Gang of Four! Auss! Auss, Auss! Auss! Auss Auss!

  • John - 2011-10-17 20:19

    Down with the imperialist chinese communist party, down! Viva the People of China, viva! Down with the chinese imperialist mercenary invasion, down! Viva the People of Xinjiang, viva! Out with the chinese imperialist mercenary army and police, out! Viva the People of Tibet, viva! Out han settler, out! Viva the People of China, viva! Out the han invader troop, out! Viva the People of Xinjiang, viva! Out the han invader policeman, out! Viva the People of Tibet, viva! Boicott China, boicott! Viva the People of China, viva! Sanction China, sanction! Viva the People of Xinjiang, viva! Stop the Baby Genocide, stop! Viva the People of Tibet, viva! We have to support the Chinese People against the Oppression, Exploitation, and Genocide of the Chinese Communist Party. Also we have to support Tibet and Xinjiang against the Occupation, Tirany, Oppression, Exploitation and Genocide of the Chinese Communist Party. Chinese settles, policemen, troops must leave. Tibet for Tibet! Xinjiang for Xinjiang! We have to be militant against the Chinese Communist Party, Ban it, Sanction it, Boycott it. And the government too.

  • John - 2011-10-17 20:22

    Down with the imperialist chinese communist party, down! Viva the People of China, viva! Down with the chinese imperialist mercenary invasion, down! Viva the People of Xinjiang, viva! Out with the chinese imperialist mercenary army and police, out! Viva the People of Tibet, viva! Out han settler, out! Viva the People of China, viva! Out the han invader troop, out! Viva the People of Xinjiang, viva! Out the han invader policeman, out! Viva the People of Tibet, viva! Boicott China, boicott! Viva the People of China, viva! Sanction China, sanction! Viva the People of Xinjiang, viva! Stop the Baby Genocide, stop! Viva the People of Tibet, viva! We have to support the Chinese People against the Oppression, Exploitation, and Genocide of the Chinese Communist Party. Also we have to support Tibet and Xinjiang against the Occupation, Tirany, Oppression, Exploitation and Genocide of the Chinese Communist Party. Chinese settles, policemen, troops must leave. Tibet for Tibet! Xinjiang for Xinjiang! We have to be militant against the Chinese Communist Party, Ban it, Sanction it, Boycott it. And the government too.

      Sid - 2011-10-18 20:29

      John are you on drugs?

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