China warns again ahead of Dalai Lama's Norway trip

BEIJING/OSLO Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:42am EDT

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, addresses a gathering with the theme ''A Human Approach to Peace and the Individual'' at a stadium in the northeastern Indian city of Guwahati February 2, 2014. REUTERS/Utpal Baruah

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, addresses a gathering with the theme ''A Human Approach to Peace and the Individual'' at a stadium in the northeastern Indian city of Guwahati February 2, 2014.

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BEIJING/OSLO (Reuters) - China warned again on Wednesday that it was resolutely opposed to a visit by the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to Norway, saying if he really was a religious figure he should be "resting in a temple" not travelling the world.

The Dalai Lama is scheduled to visit Norway from May 7 to May 9 at the invitation of civil groups in Oslo, in part to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his Nobel Peace Prize.

The Norwegian prime minister and the foreign minister have not accepted invitations to meet him. However, the Dalai Lama is scheduled to be in parliament and meet some MPs, including members of a "Tibet Committee".

China's foreign ministry, which in December condemned the visit, said it was opposed to any country giving a platform to the Dalai Lama's views.

"Our position on the Dalai Lama is very clear, very resolute and consistent," ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a daily news briefing.

"If the Dalai Lama is, as he says, a simple religious person, he ought to be properly resting in the temple, and not travelling here and there, getting involved internationally in splitting China and damaging ethnic unity," he said.

"We resolutely oppose any foreign country providing a platform or convenience for the Dalai Lama's splittist words and acts and oppose him meeting any foreign leader."

China calls the Dalai Lama a "wolf in sheep's clothing" who seeks to use violent methods to establish an independent Tibet.

The Dalai Lama, who fled to India after a failed uprising in 1959, maintains he only wants genuine autonomy for Tibet and denies advocating violence.

Norway's diplomatic relations with China have been frozen since 2010 when the Nobel Committee awarded the peace prize to Liu Xiaobo, a veteran of 1989 pro-democracy protests in Beijing which the government crushed.


China canceled meetings with Norwegian officials and denied visas to visiting dignitaries, even though Norway's government says it has no influence over the Nobel Committee.

The Dalai Lama will also meet Thorbjoern Jagland, the head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee and also the head of the Council of Europe. He will hold several public lectures.

"Norway-China relations are very poor, nearly non-existent. There have been no contact since 2010," Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende told parliament on Wednesday.

"We must be prepared that if Norwegian authorities welcomed the Dalai Lama, it would be more difficult to normalize relations with China. We have to be honest about that."

The speaker of Norway's parliament is refusing to meet the Dalai Lama, saying it is not in the best interests of Norway, prompting the opposition to call him a coward.

"I reject claims that this is cowardly or pathetic. I believe it's a question of being responsible and bringing us off a difficult track," the president of Norway's parliament, Olemic Thommessen, told public broadcaster NRK.

"If we are going to be a nation working for international human rights and peacekeeping, then we can't be the country with the worst relations of all to this great power," Thommessen said.

A poll by daily VG showed that 6 out of 10 Norwegians think the prime minister and the foreign minister should meet the Dalai Lama and 5 out of 10 think it is cowardly not to meet him. Only 14 percent think they should not meet him.

While diplomatic ties have floundered, trade is flourishing. In the first three months of the year, Norwegian exports to China rose 30 percent and imports went up six percent.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard in BEIJING, and Terje Solsvik and Balazs Koranyi in OSLO; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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hookknife wrote:
Ge enslaved. The west is waking up to who the Dalai Lama really is, and is no longer accepting what a corporate controlled media by billionaires, who want to keep the Shangri La Fanatasy of Tibet and the Lamas going, just a cursory reading of Tibetan Lamaism would dispel these fantasies. This is a leader who has kept his own Tibetan people in India still in his religious , superstition enthrallment, and is trying to recreate his kleptocracy of Lamaism now all over the world. China should have finished the job instead of allowing Lamaism to spread all over the west. It better stop letting its own billionaires let these Lamas rebuild their monasteries in Tibetan These Lamas are like a virus and spread through deception and mimic and masks to fool everyone. They destroy all good sense on reason with their mumbo jumbo nonsense posing as ‘secular’ and ‘scientific’ iin the west, while the Dalai Lama rules with a repressive theocratic iron fist in India.

Norway was foolish enough to give this religious dictator, who fled with his gaggle of aristocrats when the game was up in Tibet and his kleptocracy was over.

Norway should take back the Nobel Prize, since the Dalai Lama and his Tibetan Goverment in exile are encouraging violence, the violence of the monks and nuns in Tibet , still setting themselves on fire for their Kundun and his dead cause, encouraging them by creating Pop matyr songs for the dead monks and nuns on Youtube (dozens now) and building a shrine to them in Dharmasala, instead of using his influence, since they still see him as a living god, and saying STOP!

Instead he is encouraging the suicides by saying they are great bodhisattva acts.

The west has been very very foolish in not listening to China when they say the Dalai is a wolf in sheeps clothes, ‘deception’ is what i allowed to spread his Vajrayana tantric fundamentalist Hindu Brahminsim calling it ‘Buddhism’ throught out the world now, when it is just a mass Lama kleptocracy.

Norway should get ready to take that prize back , because it is going to start having much egg on its face when the world sees behind the Dalai Lama and his masks.

And no, I am not a Chinese spy, I am an western ex-Tibetan Buddhist that escaped from the cult of Lama thought control that keeps its own people, still even in China , under its thrall.

Apr 23, 2014 10:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Ares6 wrote:
The fact of the matter is Norway’s government is responsible first to its own people and its own economy and political stability, second to other countries interest/well being. What people fail to understand is that China is raising, no one can deny that. They are raising and whoever is on their good side will receive maximum benefits economically and politically. You can sit on a couch and complain about how cowardly the Norway government is by not meeting the Lama, but on the other hand you also want to benefit from Chinese trade deals and economic influences. You can’t have it both ways. That’s not how the real world works. There are compromises to be made as every nation’s interests are different.

Apr 25, 2014 3:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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