HEADLINE Ringleader of self-proclaimed 'Tibetan govt-in-exile' visit to SA sparks outrage

HEADLINE

Ringleader of self-proclaimed 'Tibetan govt-in-exile' visit to SA sparks outrage

By Li Zhiwei | People's Daily app

11:07, February 09, 2018

Johannesburg (People's Daily) – Lobsang Sangay, secessionist and ringleader of the so-called “Tibetan government in exile”, was forced to cancel a speaking engagement at a university in South Africa after the protests erupted with locals and members of Chinese communities.

The so-called "Tibetan government in exile" is an illegal organization, and not recognized by any established government in the world.

When news spread that Sangay would try to speak at the Stellenbosch Law Faculty on Friday, hundreds of locals and Chinese went to the university to express peacefully and in an orderly fashion, their disapproval at such a blatant attempt to sabotage Sino-SA relations. 

With the ill-intentioned purpose of splitting China and undercutting relations, Sangay was able to enter South Africa without a visa as he travels on a US passport. 

Once news of his arrival spread, Chinese Embassy officials raised strong objections with South Africa's Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO). 

DIRCO immediately issued a stern warning to the local Dalai party representatives informing them that Sangay was not to engage in any public activities. 

Due to opposition from the South African government and members of society, Sangay was forced to cancel all of his scheduled public engagements. 

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Demonstrators hold banners with slogans in efforts to protect China-SA relations.

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South Africans and Chinese demontstrate at Stellenbosch Law Faculty in South Africa, February 2018. 

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