Hi guest, Register | Login | Contact Us
Welcome to Phayul.com - Our News Your Views
Wed 29, Mar 2017 01:17 AM (IST)
Search:     powered by Google
2016 ELECTION RESULT
 MENU
Home
News
Photo News
Opinions
Statements &
Press Releases

Book Reviews
Movie Reviews
Interviews
Travels
Health
Obituaries
News Discussions
News Archives
Download photos from Tibet
 Latest Stories
Utsang Chokla calls for unity amongst three provinces at 14th General Body meeting
Tibetan Diaspora observes Tibet Lobby Day
Video shows demolition still continue at Larung Gar
Tibetan lawmakers debate on electoral reform, women empowerment
Budget session concludes, electoral reform discussion deferred to next session
Australian Cricket team call on the Dalai Lama
Senior Abbot says forced eviction at Larung Gar nearly over
India should take responsibility to ensure genuine autonomy for Tibet: Former Indian diplomat
Tibetans protest during Chinese premier Li Keqiang’s Australia visit
Lukar's car vandalized, says his family feel 'threatened by anti-social elements'
 Latest Photo News
Tibetans participate in a candlelight vigil following news of the self immolation protest by a 24 yr old Tibetan named Pema Gyaltsen in Nyarong, Kham, on March 18, 2017. McLeod Ganj, March 19, 2017 Phayul Photo:Kunsang Gashon
His Holiness the Dalai Lama gazes at devotees as he visits the Mahabodhi temple near the Kalachakra venue, a day after the conclusion of 34th Kalachakra. Jan. 15, 2016 Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
Three weeks after Indian PM announced Demonetization of 500 and 1000 notes residents including Tibetans queue outside State Bank of India and on-site ATMs to withdraw daily limit of 2000 Rs per account, Dharamshala, Nov. 28, 2016, Phayul Photo
more photos »
Advertisement
John Howard meets Dalai Lama to talk Tibet
AP[Friday, June 15, 2007 19:50]

Mr Howard's decision to meet the Dalai Lama was not taken lightly
Mr Howard's decision to meet the Dalai Lama was not taken lightly
SYDNEY, Australia, June 15: The Dalai Lama has met with Australia's prime minister, whose decision this week to host the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader drew stern criticism from China.

John Howard met the revered Buddhist icon Friday at the leader's office in Sydney, and talks between two men included the rift between China and Tibet.

"I think you know, you can guess," the Dalai Lama told reporters when asked what had been discussed at the meeting, which he described as "very beautiful." "Some explanation about our sort of latest situation, about my dialogue with the Chinese government."

Beijing regards the 71-year-old Buddhist monk as a beacon for pro-independence sentiment in Tibet, which China rules by military force, although the Dalai Lama has repeatedly said he seeks only autonomy for the region.

Decisions by top political leaders to meet the Dalai Lama during his 11-day tour of the country have generated friction between Australia and China, whose economies are becoming more entwined thanks to the communist giant's voracious appetite for minerals and Australia's ability to supply them.

"Dalai Lama is not a simple religious figure, he is a political exile engaged in 'splittist' activities for a long time," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters in Beijing on Tuesday, after Howard confirmed plans to meet him.

He said China was "firmly against" any country that allows the Dalai Lama to visit to push for Tibetan independence.

China's Ambassador Zhang Junsai on Friday declined to renew the criticism.

"Our foreign spokesman has already stated our position," he said when asked at a function about the Dalai Lama's meeting with Howard. "I'm not going to say anything more about this."

The Dalai Lama met briefly with New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark at an Australian airport on Thursday. At a news conference later, the Buddhist monk repeated his position that Tibet should be granted autonomy within China, not full independence, to preserve its language and culture.

"Our approach is to bring general unity, harmony between the central government of China and Tibet," he said. "We have to learn to live side by side."

Without genuine autonomy, he said, Tibet could face "extinction" in 15 years.

"China should give Tibet meaningful autonomy, because we have different language, with that rich different culture and heritage and rich Tibetan Buddhist tradition," he said, echoing earlier comments. "Intentional or unintentional, some kind of cultural genocide is taking place."

Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said it was "not a proposition" for Australia to deny entry to a respected religious figure like the Dalai Lama.
Print Send Bookmark and Share
  Readers' Comments »
Be the first to comment on this article

 Other Stories
China admits demolishing the giant Buddhist statue in Tibet
John Howard meets Dalai Lama to talk Tibet
Tibetan Content on Airtel
Greens angry at Clark for not confirming Dalai Lama meeting
China to spend more in remote border areas with efforts to battle "splittists"
Australia leader meets Dalai Lama
PM John Howard due to meet Dalai Lama
National leader John Key to meet Dalai Lama
Advertisement
Advertisement
Photo Galleries
Advertisement
Phayul.com does not endorse the advertisements placed on the site. It does not have any control over the google ads. Please send the URL of the ads if found objectionable to editor@phayul.com
Copyright © 2004-2017 Phayul.com   feedback | advertise | contact us
Powered by Lateng Online
Advertisement