Mmegi Online :: China threatens to sanction Botswana
Banners
Banners
Banners
Banners
Last Updated
Tuesday 19 September 2017, 16:12 pm.
Banners
China threatens to sanction Botswana

BEIJING: A serious backlash is looming from China against impious Botswana for hosting the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama next month. More sacrilege, President Ian Khama plans to meet him.
By Oarabile Mosikare Fri 14 Jul 2017, 18:00 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: China threatens to sanction Botswana








Botswana has been sternly warned not to “harm such a true friend and reliable development partner in China by challenging the core interests of China and the dignity of the 1.3 billion Chinese people”. Ambassador Lin Songtian made these veiled threats during Botswana Friendship Delegation visit to China last week. Lin is the secretary general of the Chinese Follow-up Committee on Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

He has also been appointed Chinese Ambassador to South Africa. Talking about the Dalai Lama, Lin said instead of being a purely religious figure, the 14th Dalai Lama has been a head of a well-organised political group whose goal is to seek ‘Tibetan independence’. “The Dalai group has set up a ‘government in exile’ outside China and relies on financial support provided by anti-China forces in the West.

“It has carried out separatist activities and called for the creation of a ‘Greater Tibet’, which could cover nearly one quarter of China’s territory, but has never existed in history. It also demands a ‘high degree of autonomy’ in the so-called ‘Greater Tibet’, thus putting it beyond the jurisdiction of the central government. This is a thinly disguised attempt to achieve ‘Tibetan independence’,” Lin said.

He also said the United States of America-based Mind and Life Institute, the organisation which engages in planning for Dalai Lama’s visit, was created by the Dalai group in conjunction with anti-China forces in the West. In recent years, this institute has been using religion and science as a cover to help the Dalai Lama set foot in Africa, so as to gain international sympathy and expand international space for him and poison the long standing friendship and cooperation between China and Africa.

“Many African countries have seen through the charade of the 14th Dalai Lama and this institute. Recognising and respecting China’s core concern, none of them has agreed to his visit for the sake of their bilateral relations with China and traditional friendship between China and Africa.”

He explained that Tibet-related issues concern China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and touch upon China’s core interests and the dignity of the 1.3 billion Chinese people. He added that there is no room for China to compromise on these issues.

“Some years ago, a few Western countries have permitted the Dalai Lama’s visits in a deliberate attempt to use him and Tibet-related issues to make trouble for China and hinder China’s peaceful development. The Chinese government has made stern representations and took the necessary measures to safeguard our sovereignty and national dignity.

Those European countries have suffered serious setbacks in their relations with China and incurred great damage to their own interests following visits by the Dalai Lama.

Banners

In the end, they drew lessons and made serious commitments to China, both publicly and bilaterally. Botswana should not harm such a true friend and reliable development partner like China and challenge the core interests of China and dignity of the 1.3 billion Chinese people,” Lin emphasised. 

Asked about the threat of China backlash against Botswana, government spokesperson Dr Jeff Ramsay refused to comment. Meanwhile, Selebi-Phikwe West MP Dithapelo Keorapetse notified the Speaker to ask the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to explain the government’s position on One China Policy, and in particular to state:

l If government, in its foreign policy recognises the One China Policy, and to explain its understanding of what it means, and/or entails regarding South China Sea, Taiwan and Tibet (and the Dalai Lama) inter alia;

l What mutual benefits are there in Sino-Tswana relations;

l How the government is involved in the Dalai Lama visit and who in the state is involved in their private and/or official capacity;

l Which state buildings and other resources will be used to accomplish the mission, and what is the specific role of HE the President, his office or officials.

l Which country in Africa the government knows which is friendly to China that has ever invited the Dalai Lama and never suffered consequence of negative effect on relations;

l Whether it is in the best strategic national interest for the Dalai Lama to visit Botswana for whatever purpose, if this would not be liked by China who can retaliate by suspending all diplomatic and other relations;  and

l What is the role of the US government, its people or agencies in the Dalai Lama visit to Botswana.

Buttressing his questions, Keorapetse said the Dalai Lama is scheduled to visit Botswana in August and preparations are underway. It has caused diplomatic tension between the two countries. Parliament deserves an explanation because it can intervene on the matter.

Answers are needed as soon as possible. “If China withdraws from Botswana by August, it will mean negative effect on trade and  development aid. Students sponsored here in China will have to leave and those scheduled to come, stop.

“It may affect visas to China and ordinary Batswana who buy in Chinese shops or do business in, or with Chinese people. The consequences are big because China is sensitive about Tibet and the Dalai Lama issue like South China Sea and Taiwan.

So government has to explain to Batswana critically on whether stabbing China in the back or poking the eye will serve our national strategic interests.

They have to explain why they risk so much to lose Chinese friendship. That is the question here and we need answers.”

Banners
Banners
Banners


News
Fri 14 Jul 2017, 18:00 pm
Fri 14 Jul 2017, 15:48 pm
Fri 14 Jul 2017, 15:27 pm
Fri 14 Jul 2017, 15:27 pm
Fri 14 Jul 2017, 15:23 pm
Fri 14 Jul 2017, 15:19 pm
Fri 14 Jul 2017, 15:18 pm
Fri 14 Jul 2017, 15:18 pm
Fri 14 Jul 2017, 15:18 pm
Fri 14 Jul 2017, 15:17 pm
Fri 14 Jul 2017, 15:15 pm
Thu 13 Jul 2017, 18:00 pm
Thu 13 Jul 2017, 16:31 pm
Thu 13 Jul 2017, 16:26 pm
Thu 13 Jul 2017, 16:25 pm
Thu 13 Jul 2017, 16:23 pm
Thu 13 Jul 2017, 16:11 pm
Thu 13 Jul 2017, 16:11 pm
Thu 13 Jul 2017, 16:08 pm
Thu 13 Jul 2017, 16:07 pm
Thu 13 Jul 2017, 16:02 pm
Thu 13 Jul 2017, 15:59 pm
Thu 13 Jul 2017, 15:08 pm
Thu 13 Jul 2017, 15:04 pm
Wed 12 Jul 2017, 18:00 pm
Banners
Banners
Exchange Rates
FOREIGN EXCHANGE: Tuesday, 19 Sep 2017
FOREIGN / PULA
PULA / FOREIGN
1 USD = Pula   10.1729
1 GBP = Pula   13.7741
1 EUR = Pula   12.2100
1 YEN = Pula   0.0912
1 ZAR = Pula   0.7668
1 Pula = USD   0.0983
1 Pula = GBP   0.0726
1 Pula = EUR   0.0819
1 Pula = YEN   10.97
1 Pula = ZAR   1.3042
have a story? Send us a Tip
Banners
  • Previous
    American Assassin
    Next
    Masa Centre
    ::: Friday 15 Sep - Thursday 21 Sep :::
    American Assassin
    It
    The Dark Tower
    Logan Lucky
  • Previous
    American Assassin
    Next
    Riverwalk
    ::: Friday 15 Sep - Thursday 21 Sep :::
    American Assassin
    Home Again
    Logan Lucky
    The Dark Tower
  • Previous
    Home Again
    Next
    Gamecity
    ::: Friday 15 Sep - Thursday 21 Sep :::
    Home Again
    American Assassin
    The Dark Tower
    Logan Lucky
    The Son of Bigfoot
    Girls Trip
Selefu
Boko
Banners
Banners