It’s the third time in five years that South Africa has refused to allow Dalai Lama into the country out of deference to Beijing. Russia has also shut the Dalai Lama out repeatedly. But there are also some very surprising nations cowing to China.
Take the United Kingdom. In May 2013, when Prime Minister David Cameron met with the Dalai Lama, even after Beijing warned him not to. China cut off diplomatic relations, and Cameron’s administration spent a year working to get back in Beijing’s good graces. William Hague, Britain’s foreign secretary, promising that the British government was “fully aware of the sensitivity of Tibet-related issues” and would “properly handle such issues on the basis of respecting China’s concerns.”
An almost identical scenario played out in 2010 between China and Denmark, and, until South Africa’s visa decision, the most recent diplomatic row over the Dalai Lama took place in another Scandinavian country beloved for its openness, tolerance, and social welfare: Norway.
That’s right. When the Dalai Lama visited Norway in May 2014, government officials allowed him to enter the country but refused to meet with him.
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