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10:41 Sep 04 2009

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What could the Dalai Lama bring to Taiwan?
10:03, September 04, 2009  

On repeated pleadings of Taiwan's Green Camp politicians, or members of Democratic and Progressive Party (DPP), Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou finally okayed the Dalai Lama's visit to Taiwan hosting the so-called prayers for the deadly typhoon Morakot victims in the island's worst-hit south.

The move not merely riled the Chinese mainland government, but irritated the general public across the Strait, who have stepped up efforts to raise funds for the disaster-hit compatriots since three weeks ago when Morakot ravaged the island. Netizens feel frustrated with the Taiwan authorities flooding their discontent and criticism online. Some even take the island's invitation of the Dalai Lama, a political monk lobbying around to split China, as a slur on the Chinese government and people, as it would probably put China in an awkward position and erode the Cross-Strait Relations, which are looking up thanks to the great efforts made by the both sides.

Some netizens even pointedly said that the Dalai Lama was too late to be helpful. And if the monk came earlier, Morakot would not occur. But what the monk would bring along this time must be another disaster beyond Nature rather than blessings if he set foot on the island. After all, it is the Green Camp that is expecting 'His Holiness', as they have the shared political ambitions, Not the victims just hit by the fatal disaster.

Updated news from China Post Online, Taiwan ( Quote)
Chang Yung-kung, deputy secretary-general of the Kuomintang, said he hopes the Dalai Lama's visit won't affect relations between Taiwan and China.

Describing the visit as a ploy trick on the part of the opposition party to turn the August 8 floods into its political gain, the Kuomintang official said he believes the Dalai Lama and the other side of the Taiwan Strait won't be taken advantage of.

"The purpose of the opposition party," Chang said, "is to get President Ma to refuse to let the Dalai Lama come and then to attack the government for denying him his visit."

Should the government agree, Chang said, China might retaliate and the opposition party would attack Beijing for not helping the flood victims in southern Taiwan. It's a clever trick to kill two birds with one stone, he said. "But," Chang said, "we believe it won't work."

Beijing announced in the evening it "strongly" opposes the Dalai Lama's visit to Taipei. It did not say how China would retaliate.

People's Daily Online's netizen Pooh-bah contributes to this story

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