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Dalai Lama's Mongolia Visit His Last as China Tightens Screws

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The Dalai Lama waves to worshipers in Mongolia in November. (AFP/Getty Images)
 

By    |   Thursday, 22 Dec 2016 08:18 AM

The Dalai Lama's visit to Mongolia last month will be his last one there after China, miffed that Tibet's spiritual leader was allowed in the country, tightened the screws by calling off financial talks with Mongolia.

Mongolian Foreign Minister Munkh-Orgil Tsend told the Onoodor newspaper on Wednesday that the Dalai Lama's four-day visit in November created a "misunderstanding" between his nation and its more influential neighbor, reported Bloomberg.

Talks about receiving soft loans from Cina and the International Monetary Fund were shut down after the visit. Mongolia needs the money to close a $1 billion budget gap and debt payments.

"The Dalai Lama's visit by the invitation of Gandan Monastery negatively affected two countries and these two countries have a misunderstanding," said Tsend, per Bloomberg. "The government feels sorry for this. (The Dalia Lama) probably won't be visiting Mongolia again during this administration."

The Dalai Lama and China have been at odds since he fled Tibet in 1959 after a failed uprising. He has called for more autonomy in the region while stressing nonviolence, reported the BBC News.

"China's stand on Tibet-related issues is firm and clear," said Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Wednesday, per Bloomberg. "We hope that Mongolia will truly learn lessons from this incident, truly respect the core interests of China, honor its promise and make efforts to improve the relations between China and Mongolia."

The Global Times, a newspaper connected with the Communist Party of China, criticized India for reaching out to Mongolia after China reacted to the November visit.

India hosts Tibet's government-in-exile, which re-elected Lobsang Sangay to his second term as prime minister in April, noted the Wall Street Journal.

China has already issued a warning to Donald Trump after he questioned U.S. policy that maintains only unofficial relationships with Taiwan, noted The Associated Press. China considers the self-governing island as part of its country.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the People's Daily Thursday that he will push to improve cooperation with the U.S. but foresaw "new, complicated and uncertain factors affecting bilateral relations" under the Trump administration, per The AP.

The Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

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