Dalai Lama row makes international news

2011-10-05 14:25

Johannesburg - The Dalai Lama's cancellation of his trip to South Africa has made international headlines.

A Google search for the words Dalai Lama and Tutu brought up 3.2 million results on Wednesday. Analysts argued South Africa bowed to Chinese pressure.

The Tibetan spiritual leader announced on Tuesday he had cancelled a planned trip to South Africa, to attend Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu's 80th birthday celebrations at the weekend. He said he did not want to inconvenience the South African government.

“Another case of Chinese bullying: Why the Dalai Lama won't be at Desmond Tutu's 80th birthday,” Peter Foster wrote in The Telegraph.

Economic ties

The Chinese government was able to exert pressure on South Africa as the two countries had large economic ties, Foster wrote. China recently invested $6bn in South Africa’s mining and construction sectors.

“Tutu Compares South Africa’s ANC to Apartheid Regime for Denying Dalai Lama’s Visa,” a CBS News headline reads.

The Gulf Daily News, Taiwan News and the Denver Post’s headline reads: “Tutu Blasts ANC Over Dalai Lama Visa”.

The Courier Mail’s headline reads: “Tutu Calls Zuma Disgrace in Dalai Lama Visa Row”.

Most South African newspapers led with Tutu's comments on Wednesday.

Beijing describes the Dalai Lama as a "splittist" and discourages foreign governments from receiving him, even though he accepts the Chinese rule of Tibet.

Reacting to the government's "failure" to grant the Tibetan leader a visa, an angry Tutu told reporters on Tuesday the ANC government was worse than the apartheid government. He said he would one day pray for the ANC's downfall.

"Hey Mr Zuma, you and your government don't represent me. You represent your own interests.

"I am warning you out of love. I am warning you like I warned the nationalists that one day we will start praying for the defeat of the ANC government. You are disgraceful.”

Professor Tinyiko Maluleke, executive director at the University of South Africa's research department, said the cancellation of the Dalai Lama's trip was a "huge, huge publicity disaster" for South Africa.

  • omrisho - 2011-10-05 14:34

    yip... egg on the face, proudly south african... pfft

      Slartibartfast - 2011-10-05 15:15

      unfortunately I only see them reporting the matter ... I do not see any international outcry against the ANC ... THAT is what we need ... not just reports. Common World leaders ... prove me wrong please ... show us you care for SA .... REJECT the ANC OUTRIGHT.

      SimonCT - 2011-10-05 15:16

      Woo Flung Dung

      myoomsemotor - 2011-10-05 15:35

      slarti you are dillusional, there are no way that the ANC is that bad that it justifies international intervention.. we South Africans only overreact when it comes to the ANC, and rightly so... GO DA !!!!!!

      Barry O - 2011-10-05 16:11

      Why should the Dalai Lama ever be refused a visa to visit South Africa!? The man is a spiritual leader and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. He is internationally respected (except for in China and apparently South Africa). On what grounds would he not be issued with a visa other than pandering to the will and demands of the Chinese government. The ANC government has disgraced South Africa and the vision and ideals of leaders like Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Chief Albert Luthuli and Mahatma Ghandi not to mention the Archbishop Desmond Tutu himself. Utterly disgraceful, but sadly indicative of the calibre of the current leadership within the ANC government.

  • Matt :-) - 2011-10-05 14:39

    Well so far the Daily Mail in the UK hasn't said a word...

  • Cliff - 2011-10-05 14:42

    What else can you expect from these bungling bafoons? Once again we are an embarrassed nation. Well done ANC!!!!!!!

  • John - 2011-10-05 14:45

    The ANC government has not got a clue about international relations. The dithering about the revolution in Libya and not recognising that the people want Gadaffi out. Making a fuss over an airport check upesetting the Norwegians and having to hire a plane. Now this fiasco. South African government is the laughing stock of the world now thanks to their sheer incompetence. Foreign leaders may greet Zuma and Co with a smile but will not be complimentary about them in their own circle

  • GypseyAnn - 2011-10-05 15:14

    I am not surprised. And so it should. The world must open their eyes to what reality is in this country. They must also realise that the Chinese will ultimately be the people with whom they will be dealing down the line.

  • kobus.geyser - 2011-10-05 15:21

    Zuma and his allies are puppets on a string guided by china, allmost like puppies.

      THE-SRG - 2011-10-05 15:36

      and they eat puppies in china

      GypseyAnn - 2011-10-05 15:46

      Don't remind us Srg. They also take no nonsense from unions and those who do not do exactly as they say. Interesting times indeed ...

      Met - 2011-10-05 16:31

      Nothing has changed. During apartheid, the Chinese, along with the Soviet Communists, controlled the ANC. They are only in the process of re-establishing control over their African slaves

  • Sharkie - 2011-10-05 15:39

    The ANC seem to forget JUST how much clout the ol man still has with the international community - you aint a peace prize winner for nothing - the same international community we depend on for investments.... oh wait - we got China - who cares about the rest of the world....right? Except China wants wants wants where the rest of the world might give..... and yes - 6billion - wasn;t for free and for nada.....

  • Brainbow - 2011-10-05 15:45

    I wonder how much this will cost us in terms of bruised investor confidence? Surely much more than any possible Beijing backlash (if ever there would be any).

  • Hackney - 2011-10-05 16:02

    Like the Beatles sang: We all live in a Yellow Chinese State, Yellow Chinese State, Yellow Chinese State!!! Come on everyone, sing the new anthem with me!!!

      jacques - 2011-10-05 16:37

      Let's go Hackney, i don't understand the other one anyway!!

  • noxiboxi - 2011-10-05 16:13

    Put Julias Malema in he'll fix all the problems... lol

  • AndV - 2011-10-05 16:23

    Another disaster, so what to to these thugs! They cannot build up anything, just destroy and breakdown! Look at Africa.

  • Terrible T - 2011-10-05 16:33

    Hey all! I have an idea to punt - Tutu and the Dalai Lama should both go across to New Zealand, where I doubt he will be denied a visa, and support our Bokke! It would be a slap in the face of our government!

  • nic - 2011-10-05 16:33

    Well done ANC!! Just another one of your long lists of embarrassments.

  • jacques - 2011-10-05 16:36

    SA = Circus. So, the whole world is laughing at us again and again and again ...

  • tc - 2011-10-05 17:51

    A Google search for the words Tutu and sexy bum brings up 1.21 million results. Means absolutely nothing.

  • KomissarDzerzhinsky - 2011-10-05 21:27

    If Komrade Biden can be friendly and accommodating to our Chinese friends, so can our beloved government here.

  • Hannes Perth - 2011-10-06 06:57

    Was on Aussie TV news yesterday.

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