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29august20095Taipei: The Taiwanese Democratic Progressive Party issued another statement today regarding His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visit to Taiwan and the allegations made by the Chinese government yesterday. The party states that the Dalai Lama's visit to Taiwan is merely for the victims of Typhoon Morakot, and is a positive visit in the eyes of the Taiwan people; therefore, "the Beijing government should not and has no right to interfere in the matter."

The statement continues, "The world religious leader - His Holiness the Dalai Lama, will visit Taiwan tomorrow (30 August) for five days. The Taiwanese Democratic Progressive Party has expressed its most sincere welcome and deepest gratitude to the Tibetan spiritual leader. We believe that His Holiness will carry a message concerning religious issues, compassion, peace, and humanity, soothe the hearts of their victims, and help them gather the strength to rebuild their homes.” 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has visited Taiwan twice in the past, indicating a profound friendship between Taiwan and Tibet. He immediately expressed concern for the 88 typhoon victims, a gesture very meaningful to the Taiwanese. The Dalai Lama's trip is one of humanitarian concern, and DPP hopes that the community will respect the purpose of this trip and not to make it political. 

After the flood and disasters, the major religious organizations offering relief to helping victims have invested thousands of volunteers, much money, and other donated materials. The DDP states that, “We…believe that the major religious organizations demonstrate their high humanitarianism view, same as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and we view them with the deepest admiration.” 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is highly respected by the people of the world. China firmly opposes his visit to Taiwan, but this rejection violates the fundamental values of democratic countries, and is also at odds with Taiwanese mainstream public opinion. The decision to allow his visit is ultimately in the hands of the victims he will bless, and a Taiwanese government that wants to help its people recover from the disastrous typhoon. 

Ma Yinjeou's government has agreed to the Dalai Lama’s visit, demonstrating a rare consensus between Taiwan’s rival political groups. The Democratic Progressive Party has called the leaders of Taiwan to play a positive role in His Holiness's visit, suggesting that all interactions should be based on mutual respect and efficiency, meeting the goals of this humanitarian trip in order to garner international respect.

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