Tibetan spiritual leader and perpetual hurter of Chinese feelings the Dalai Lama has been denied entry to Taiwan, sparking uproar from supporters on the island and pro-independence politicians.
The Dalai Lama had been invited to visit Taiwan by the Federation of Business and Professional Women, because who better to talk to female executives than a 77-year-old male religious leader? The federation’s head, and former Vice President of Taiwan, Annette Lu said the ban “reflected fear of angering China”.
“We are angry as the government is obviously worried about China’s reaction. It’s ridiculous that Taiwan has to listen to China and seek its approval before doing anything,” said a spokesman for the former politician.
Foreign ministry spokesman Steve Hsia, demonstrating a greater talent for brevity than even his Chinese counterparts, told reporters than “It’s just not a good time [for the Dalai Lama’s visit]”.
The Dalai Lama’s last visit to the island nation, in 2009 to comfort victims of a deadly typhoon, allegedly resulted in numerous mainland tour groups cancelling visits to Taiwan after strident criticism from the Chinese government.