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30august200918Taipei: Tibet's spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport tonight. The Taiwanese national police received him and his security officers as warmly as a president. His Holiness greeted Buddhist followers and supporters, as well as Tibetans living in Taiwan, with a smile, while the crowd chanted phrases such as, "Dalai Lama, we love you."  .  

Although he was expected to arrive an hour late, the Dalai Lama arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 22:51. Tibetans living in Taiwan performed their traditional welcome with barley powder and the offering of white scarves, to express their warm wishes and bring good luck. Ms Chen Chu, mayor of Kaohsiung; Zhong Chia-Bin, deputy magistrate of Pingtung County; and Tian Qiu Jin, a legislator from Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party, also presented Tibetan white scarves to His Holiness.

The Dalai Lama has said his visit to Taiwan is based purely on humanitarian and religious motives and he has no plans to issue political statements. “I’m a Buddhist monk, and when someone asks me to share their sadness, it’s my moral responsibility to accept to go there, so I came,” His Holiness said after he arrived in Taiwanese Airport. “I have no political agenda.”  

"I've visited different parts of the world, and I may have a political agenda there ... (but) my visit here is purely for humanitarian concerns…I don't think my visit to Taiwan would cause tension between China and Taiwan," he continued.

His Holiness will go to the disaster area at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow and he has canceled a international press conference scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow, saying he would instead use the time to do more for the survivors. During his visit, the Dalai Lama will hold two prayer meetings for typhoon victims - one in Kaohsiung and one in Panchiao, in northern Taiwan - before returning to India Friday morning.

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