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The Dalai Lama Visits Taiwan

2010-03-19

The Dalai Lama is visiting Taiwan this week, and Religious Studies professor James Miller is available to discuss the controversial visit.
“This week the Dalai Lama visits Taiwan, supposedly to offer spiritual solace to victims of typhoon Morakot,” says Professor Miller. “His visit demonstrates a serious lapse of judgment and will only strengthen the position of hardliners in Beijing. Beijing has always claimed that Tibetan religious leader is a manipulative figure who cynically uses spiritual activities as a cover for his political goal of destroying Chinese unity. Because of his provocative visit to Taiwan, Beijing will now be able to legitimately claim that the Dalai Lama is also a threat to reunification with Taiwan. The real danger is that Beijing's depiction of him could look more and more believable, and he could come to be regarded as a meddlesome political figure rather than the underdog spiritual leader of Tibetan exiles everywhere.”
James Miller, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Queen's UniversityProfessor Miller’s current research investigates the relationship between religion, nature and modernization in China.
To arrange an interview, please contact Jeff Drake at 613.533.2877 jeff.drake@queensu.ca, or Cynthia DesGrosseilliers at 613.533.6000 ext. 75019 desgross@queensu.ca, News and Media Services, Queen’s University.

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