OVER 'PURELY HUMANITARIAN' TAIWAN TRIP
Over the past 12 years, the Dalai Lama has made three visits to the island which is home to a large exiled Tibetan community and millions of Buddhists. He has been exiled from Tibet for more than half a century following China's invasion of the then-state and labelled a separatist by Beijing, for promoting initially independence and now autonomy for the region. However, he said that there was no political impetus behind the five-day visit to self-governing Taiwan, which China claims is part of its territory. The Dalai Lama himself is clearly keen to avoid stirring China’s anger. He said at the airport: "I'm a monk. I was asked to say prayers for peace. There is no politics. This is humanitarian in nature." His main mission today was to lead prayers at the site of a giant mudslide that buried the remote mountain village of Hsiaolin after Typhoon Morakot slammed into the island this month. Many of the 670 dead were residents of Hsiaolin. The 1988 Nobel Peace Prize winner said: “We are not seeking separation for Taiwan, but the fate of Taiwan depends on the more than 20 million people. You are enjoying democracy and that you must preserve. I myself am totally dedicated to the promotion of democracy."
"The Srimad Bhagavatam - Purport in Canto 4 - Chapter 22 - Verse 45"