Friday, August 28, 2009

Dalai Lama in Taiwan ?

But this article offers a little more insight

Saw this article...the Dalai Lama is planning on coming to Southern Taiwan next week to comfort the victims of Typhoon Marokot. Aside from the historical aspect of has obvious political ramifications. China immediately denounced and opposed the visit (which they do in almost every circumstance where he visits another country) But this issue is particularly difficult here. Of particular interest is his Visa status. His first visit here in 1997When the Dalai Lama first visited Taiwan in 1997, "the then-Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government considered him “an overseas Republic of China national without a household registration” and granted him an “entry permit” (入國?? issued by the Bureau of Immigration."

"For the Dalai Lama's second visit in 2001, he was recognized by the then-Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government as a “foreign national” and was allowed to use his Identity Certificate — a travel document that the Indian government issues to Tibetans living in exile in the country — to obtain a visa to enter Taiwan.

Dawa Tsering, the representative of the Tibetan government-in-exile in Taiwan, said the Dalai Lama had filed his visa application for Taiwan yesterday using his Identity Card.

It will be an interesting week for sure. I hope he makes it up to Taipei I would be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see him.

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