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Dalai Lama's Poland visit to cool relations with China?

September 9, 2010

Gareth Price
Warsaw Business Journal
September 6, 2010

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso
will this month pay a visit to Wroc?aw in
south-western Poland in a move which may have
repercussions for Polish-Chinese relations.

The Dalai Lama was granted honorary citizenship
of the Silesian city when he visited in 2008, as
recognition for his struggle against political
repression. This time he will deliver a lecture
on September 22 at 2 pm in Hala Stulecia --
tickets have not yet been made available.

Rzeczpospolita meanwhile suggests that the Dalai
Lama's visit may put a "heavy chill" on
Polish-Chinese relations, which have been in the
spotlight of late in the wake of Poland's success at Expo 2010 in Shanghai.

Poland's pavilion at Expo has proven a big hit
with the Chinese, attracting over five million visitors since opening on May 1.

Wroclaw's high-profile guest was born on July 6,
1935 in northeastern Tibet. He was formally
recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama in November
1950, becoming head of state and leader of the Tibetan Buddhists.

He fled Tibet however after the failed 1959
Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule and
subsequently established a government-in-exile
and traversed the globe lobbying for Tibetan autonomy.

As a result China has described him as a "Wolf in
monk's clothing. A Devil with a face of a human
but the heart of a beast," and reacts with
consternation whenever he meets with world leaders.
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