This is the second time in two years that the Belgian authorities have "advised" His Holiness the Dalaï Lama not to visit Belgium where he was to address the 5th International Conference of Tibet Support Groups today. The Chinese authorities made it known that the Dalaï Lama's address to the Conference would not enhance a favourable climate for the Belgian economic mission to China led by Crown Prince Philippe at the end of June. The Chinese Government's persistent attempts to exert pressure on small nations to restrict the movement of the Dalaï Lama is a case of outright bullying, gross interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state, of aggressive diplomacy. They undermine the efforts that have been made for a resolution of the issue of Tibet. His Holiness the Dalaï Lama decided to cancel his visit to Brussels in order not to inconvenience a host government. Many participants at the conference will be disappointed as is the general Belgian public.
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