DHARAMSHALA, November 9: China on Tuesday expressed its routine disappointment at Mongolia for allowing the Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama’s visit.
Hong Lei, the spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry told reporters that Beijing has lodged its “stern representations” with Ulan Bator over the visit of the Tibetan leader reviled by Beijing as a “separatist” but admired world over as a champion of peace and a an eminent Buddhist leader.
“The Dalai Lama always uses the opportunity of furtive visits to publicize Tibetan independence, smear the Chinese government and play up issues related to Tibet,” Lei said. “we have always opposed any country providing a platform for the Dalai Lama to engage in activities to split China in any form.”
According to Reuters, the Mongolian government had restricted the Dalai Lama to one lecture on Tuesday in the city’s new sports stadium ‘Buyant-Ukhaa’, built on Chinese aid. More than 6,000 devotees attended the lecture, reports suggest. “The stadium got full and thousands of devotees were outside the stadium to listen to the Dalai Lama talk,” said a Mongolian devotee who attended the talk.
The Mongolian Transportation Minister Battulga Khaltma told reporters following a cabinet meeting that the Dalai Lama’s lectures for Wednesday and Thursday will be relocated to a less controversial location.
However, Choijamtsa, the head of Gandhan Tegchiling monastery in Mongolia, who is one of the core organisers of the visit said that they are determined to go ahead with the planned lectures at the decided venues.
“This is Mongolian territory and Mongolian property and we are going to do it even if others oppose it,” said Choijamtsa.