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Australian PM Rejects China’s Warning on Dalai Lama

Posted by Author on May 20, 2007

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, 18 May 2007-

Prime Minister John Howard has rejected a warning from China not to meet the Dalai Lama next month.

Beijing on Thursday night issued a thinly veiled warning to Australian political leaders not to meet the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader on his Australian visit.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman urged them to “stay on high alert” to actions and words aimed at splitting China.

But Mr Howard, who is yet to confirm a meeting with the Dalai Lama, said he would make his decisions based on what he thought was right.

“I know that this country has a good relationship with China,” he told reporters in Townsville.

“But in relation to who I meet, that is a matter for me and … I don’t seek advice from others, no matter who they might be.

“I think Australians understand that I am not that sort of person and if I am able to meet the Dalai Lama I will.”

Mr Howard and Labor leader Kevin Rudd earlier this week said they would not meet the Dalai Lama during his visit, prompting angry talkback callers to accuse them of kowtowing to China.

By Wednesday, both leaders promised to check their diaries to identify potential meeting times.

Mr Howard, who met the Dalai Lama during a 1996 visit, said it was not a big issue.

“It’s just a question of whether it’s convenient for me to do so on this occasion,” he said.

“I can’t meet everybody but I make the point that I will decide according to what I think is in the interests of Australia who I meet. And I won’t be taking advice from anybody.”

The 71-year-old Dalai Lama, who has led a Tibetan government in exile in India since 1959 after fleeing a Chinese takeover, will visit Australia for 10 days from June 6.

China views him as the leader of a Tibetan independence movement, although he has denied that and says he only wants autonomy for his homeland. © 2007 AAP

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