Dalai Lama to Visit Taiwan and Risk Angering China
Taiwan has invited the Dalai Lama to visit the country. The Tibetan spiritual leader is reportedly eager to visit and will be in Taiwan by the end of the month. He will reportedly be in the country from August 31-September 4.
The Tibetan spiritual leader has repeatedly said that he would be very willing to visit Taiwan again as long as it would not create trouble for the government.
The office of the Tibetan Government in Exile and officials in Taipei negotiated the visit. The Dalai Lama`s focus will be to show his concern for the victims of Typhoon Morakot by visiting victims of the disaster.
The Dalai Lama`s show of solidarity with Taiwan may anger China as both parties represent challenges to areas over which China claims control:
China says the Dalai Lama is working to undermine its authority in Tibet. China also claims self-governing Taiwan as part of its territory, though they split amid civil war in 1949.