On Wednesday, China warned Taiwan on allowing the spiritual leader Dalai Lama to visit the island, which Beijing claims to be its own, and stated that the move will “severely impact” the ties.
The Dalai Lama, who is called a “traitor” by China for his view points on Tibet, has been invited to the island by one of its high-profile lawmakers, Freddy Lim, who met the spiritual leader in India last week.
The Dalai Lama
“The intention of few forces in Taiwan to combine with separatists seeking Tibet’s independence and to create the disturbances will severely impact the relations across the Taiwan Strait,” Ma Xiaoguangan, the official in-charge of China’s Taiwan Affairs said. “We completely oppose Dalai Lama’s visit to Taiwan in any form,” Ma added. The ties between China and Taiwan were affected after the newly-elected Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen declared that she did not recognise the principle of “One China”.
Following her refusal to recognise, Beijing had cut all its communication with Taipei. If the Dalai Lama visits Taiwan, it can increase the tensions between the two entities.