China asks Buthelezi to shun Tibet meeting

2009-11-12 08:41

The Chinese government is trying to persuade IFP leader Dr

Mangosuthu Buthelezi not to attend a summit of world leaders in Rome to discuss

China’s rule of Tibet, Ilanga newspaper reported today.

The paper reported that China’s Consul General, Liu Yantao recently

wrote a letter to Buthelezi asking him not to take part in the summit scheduled

to take place later this month.

Buthelezi, who is a friend of exiled Buddhist political and

spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has refused to turn down the invitation, the

paper reported.

Attempts to persuade the South African government to block

Buthelezi also failed as government told the Chinese that South Africa is a

democratic country which allowed its citizens to travel anywhere as they


Relations between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama and his

followers are very sour.

Anti-Chinese protests broke out in Tibet on March 10 in 2008 on the

49th anniversary of an abortive 1959 uprising against Chinese rule.

The Dalai

Lama fled Tibet in 1959.

Yantao and Buthelezi were not immediately available to comment.

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