Vastavam web: China today slammed Botswana for going ahead with the Dalai Lama’s visit despite its strong objection, saying it will not accept foreign countries’ interference in China’s internal affairs and harming Beijing’s interests.”We noted relevant reports. China has stated clearly its position on the Dalai Lama’s visits to relevant countries. I want to stress that Xizang (Chinese name for Tibet) related issues concerning China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity will require relevant countries earnestly respect China’s core interests and make correct decisions on relevant issues” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said.
The 82-year-old Tibetan leader is due to speak at the three-day “Mind and Life Dialogue” conference in Botswana’s capital Gaborone on August 19.Earlier, reports from Botswana said President Ian Khama will be meeting the Tibetan spiritual leader. On China’s objections, Botswana Foreign Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi told lawmakers that “the principle of non- interference in the international affairs of other countries is at the core of China’s foreign policy”. “We therefore expect… China to respect our sovereign decision on this matter,” the Minister said and expressed hope that the visit of the Tibetan spiritual leader will not affect the strong bonds of friendship between the two countries