GABORONE: The Dalai Lama will revisit Botswana subsequent month and accommodate with President Ian Khama, Botswana officials confirmed, in a outing expected to annoy China, a pivotal financier opposite Africa and a largest trade partner.
Beijing views a Dalai Lama as a dangerous separatist campaigning for Tibetan liberty and consistently condemns unfamiliar leaders who accommodate him.
Botswana “will be fluctuating a normal courtesies for visiting dignitaries”, a supervision pronounced Wednesday in a statement. “His Excellency (President Khama) will accommodate a Dalai Lama when he is in Botswana.”
The Tibetan devout leader, who lives in outcast in India, is due to make a open residence during a three-day “Mind and Life Dialogue” discussion in a Botswana collateral Gaborone on Aug 19.
Botswana’s neighbour South Africa has regularly denied a Dalai Lama a visa in an apparent try to serve boost ties with China, sketch extreme critique from archbishop Desmond Tutu and others.
China’s flourishing direct for tender materials has seen a fast arise in trade with Africa. The Chinese supervision has helped build coal-powered energy plants, highway networks, bridges and schools in Botswana, in some of a many infrastructure projects in Africa.
Many in a continent see Beijing as a blow to a West, though a attribute has also lifted accusations of neo-colonialism. Botswana, one of a world’s largest solid producers, has a race of only dual million people and is famous for a fast domestic scene.
A supervision orator declined to criticism to AFP on any risk to family with China.
The Dalai Lama says he seeks some-more liberty for Tibet rather than undisguised independence.