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.