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British PM won't receive Dalai Lama at home
May 12, 2008 12:40 IST
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will not receive the Dalai Lama [Images] at 10 Downing Street, a move seen by many as an effort to appease China, which has accused the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader of masterminding anti-Beijing protest in Lhasa.
Brown will, instead, meet the Dalai Lama in Lambeth Palace, home of the Archbishop of Canterbury. This will enable the prime minister to claim to the Chinese that he is receiving the exiled leader in spiritual rather than political capacity,
'As he said in Parliament, the prime minister intends to see the Dalai Lama. What is important is that they are
Brown told Parliament in March that he would meet the exiled leader when he visits Britain, angering China which
With regard to the meeting in Lambeth Palace instead of at Downing Street, the spokesman said: 'He is a spiritual
Brown's decision has dismayed supporters of the Dalai Lama and has been criticised by British political leaders.
Sources close to British Opposition leader David Cameron said that the move was typical of Brown. 'He seems completely incapable of making a decision and sticking to it,' a source was quoted as saying by The Times.
'There is no reason why he should not see the Dalai Lama at No 10, and the suspicion must be that he is responding to the Chinese government,' said Sir Menzies Campbell, the former Liberal Democrat leader.
Brown's predecessors Tony Blair [Images] and John Major held meetings with the Dalai Lama in Downing Street. In the face of stiff Chinese opposition, US President George Bush [Images] received him at the White House and presented him with the Congressional Gold Medal.