Dalai Lama cancels October US appearances for medical rest

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A former senior member of the exiled Tibetan government in India and one-time biographer for the Dalai Lama has returned to live in China, a Chinese government-run news website said.The exiled Buddhist leader visited doctors in the United States who “advised His Holiness to rest for the next several weeks”, a statement from his office said yesterday. Tibet.cn said late on Saturday that Achok Rinpoche, who had visited China several times in recent years, returned in May and was now living permanently in Ngaba, a heavily Tibetan part of the southwestern province of Sichuan that is traditionally strongly defiant of Chinese rule. Susan Soleil, the parliament’s Salt Lake City coordinator, also expressed concern for the iconic Tibetan leader’s health, saying the group offers “heartfelt prayer for his improved care and comfort”.

The Dalai Lama’s office said Friday in a statement on its website that he has canceled his planned October U.S. visit after doctors advised him to rest. And I again affirmed America’s unwavering support for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all people, including freedom of assembly and expression, freedom of the press and freedom of religion,” Obama said. “I expressed in candid terms our strong view that preventing journalists, lawyers, NGOs and civil society groups from operating freely, or closing churches and denying ethnic minorities equal treatment are all problematic, in our view, and actually prevent China and its people from realizing its full potential.” “Obviously, we recognize that there are real differences there. The 80-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader had been scheduled to make public appearances October 20 and 21 at the Coors Event Center on the Boulder campus.

Achok Rinpoche and Cui, who heads the United Front Work Department in Sichuan, which is in charge of co-opting religious groups and ethnic minorities, were “old friends”, the Chinese report said. At the same time, we must recognize that countries have different historical processes and realities,” Obama added saying, “we need to respect people of all countries in the right to choose their own development path independently.” “The Chinese people are seeking to realize the great renew of the Chinese nation, which is the Chinese history. During each trip Achok Rinpoche could see with his own eyes China’s amazing development, and that religious and ethnic groups were well-treated, the website said.

Congressional Republicans and GOP White House hopefuls have pressed Obama to use the meetings with Xi to take a more stringent approach with China on these topics.

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