From the New York Times:
Taiwanese President Ma Ying jeou says his government has agreed to a visit by the Dalai Lama to comfort survivors of a devastating typhoon.
Such a visit is likely to anger China, which considers the Buddhist spiritual leader a ”splittist” for promoting Tibetan autonomy. The move comes at a time when China and Taiwan are developing closer ties after decades of enmity. China and Taiwan split amid civil war in 1949.
The Chinese Government has denounced the proposed visit:
“No matter under what form or identity Dalai uses to enter Taiwan, we resolutely oppose this,” China’s Taiwan Affairs Bureau said in a statement carried by Xinhua news agency.
“Some of the people in the Democratic Progressive Party use the disaster rescue excuse to invite Dalai to Taiwan to sabotage the hard-earned positive situation of cross-straits relations.”… China is considered unlikely to retaliate by choking off growing economic ties between the long-time political rivals.
By blaming the opposition DPP and not Taiwan Presidentor the ruling Nationalist Party (KMT), Beijing may have indicated it does not wish to escalate the issue.
See also past CDT posts on the Dalai Lama.