Good on you, David Cameron, for meeting the Dalai Lama last year, despite warnings from the Chinese Government not to do so. However, it is disappoining that you have back-tracked by bowing to Chinese pressure, vowing that you will meet no more with the Dalai Lama.
I refer to articles published by ‘The Guardian’ newspaper on 28th April, 2013, which reads: ” ‘Punished’ For Dalai Lama Meeting, British PM cancels Beijing Visit”, and one by the Telegraph on the 28 June, 2013, which says that you have ‘no plans’ to meet with the Dalai Lama again.
The Dalai Lama has been exiled from his own country, Tibet, by the Chinese, who took the country over in 1949. Thousands of Buddhist monks were killed by the Chinese, and their monasteries were burnt down. If the Tibetan people’s leader, the Dalai Lama, had stayed in Tibet, he most surely would have been killed.
Since that time, the Chinese communist regime has been re-writing history to justify their occupation of Tibet, and the murder of thousands upon thousands of its inhabitants. It is estimated that over a million Tibetans have died as a result of Chinese cruelty, through being imprisoned, tortured and executed.
In New Zealand, similar to David Cameron’s experience, we have the same problem with Chinese communist-government supporters, who are still giving the Dalai Lama a hard time, and telling us their lies regarding what happened in Tibet. These Chinese government supporters are infiltrating our country in a big way, and their influence is already being felt. Example:
The Auckland Chinese Businessmen’s Association managed to block the original planned visit to New Zealand by the Dalai Lama which was due to occur around late 2008-2009: There was an article on the front page of the New Zealand Herald, written by the Auckland Chinese Businessmen’s Association, which said that the Dalai Lama should be banned from visiting New Zealand. This article claimed that the Dalai Lama ‘was working for the CIA’, that he made up lies about the occupation of Tibet, and told lies about the Chinese government. This was just after the National government under John Key’s leadership took power here. John Key refused to meet with the Dalai Lama, when finally he was allowed to come here in December of 2009. Just what I would expect of this current PM, who seems to be sucking up to the Chinese at every opportunity.
The previous visit by the Dalai Lama had been a very happy and joyous event, when Helen Clark, Prime Minister of the Labour Government, was in power. But when finally, despite the oppostion from the Auckland Chinese Businessmen’s Association, he managed to make it here in December 2009, his visit was very much down-played by the media, and a ridiculous demonstration for some obscure cause was staged up the main street of Auckland all the afternoon. I felt that this obscure demonstration was engineered for the day, probably by our National government in cohorts with the Auckland council, specifically to detract from the Dalai Lama’s visit and take away ‘the shine’
I went to the Dalai Lama’s talk on both days. I had my Buddhist friend to accompany me. She told me that her New Zealand Chinese friend, also a Buddhist, had been sent an email by the Chinese authorities, ordering her not to attend the talk by the Dalai Lama. This friend said that all her Chinese friends had got the same warning about visiting the Dalai Lama. When we came out of the auditorium, there were hosts of Chinese photographers lined up ready to meet us, looking very unfriendly, like Mafia. They were taking photos of all the Chinese people who came out of the auditorium following the Dalai Lama’s talk.
The Guardian has reported that the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has cancelled his proposed visit to China, because Beijing authorities have indicated that they will not allow him to meet with the officials he had hoped to meet.
This visit to China would have been the second only visit by the Prime Minister since he took office.
David Cameron met the Dalai Lama in May 2012, and this meeting has apparently earnt him the ire of the Chinese communist government and its supporters.
A quote from The Guardian: ‘Shi Yinhong, a foreign-relations professor at Renmin University’,……. indicated ‘ that the central government was disappointed that Cameron had met the Dalai Lama “in disregard of Beijing’s core interests”‘.