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The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama

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The Dalai Lama

South Africa has bowed to Chinese pressure and declined to grant the Dalai Lama a visa, forcing him to cancel his attendance at a gathering of Nobel laureates in Cape Town.

This was the third time since 2009 that South Africa has denied a visa to the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people.

China considers the Dalai Lama to be a violent subversive, plotting to break up the country. Any country which allows him a visa does so over China's furious objections. Under President Jacob Zuma's leadership, South Africa has become a close ally of Beijing.

Irish Independent