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Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi meets Dalai Lama, risking China's ire

Published on Sep 16, 2013 8:19 PM
 
Nobel peace laureate and and Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a speech during the 17th Forum 2000 Conference opening ceremony on Sept 15, 2013, in Prague, Czech Republic.  Ms Suu Kyi has risked prompting Chinese anger after it was confirmed she had a private meeting with the Dalai Lama on the sidelines of a Prague rights conference, its spokesman said on Monday, Sept 16, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

PRAGUE (AFP) - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has risked prompting Chinese anger after it was confirmed she had a private meeting with the Dalai Lama on the sidelines of a Prague rights conference, its spokesman said on Monday.

Beijing has for decades opposed foreign dignitaries meeting Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, who fled his homeland for India in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule.

"They met on Sunday at the Dalai Lama's lecture," Mr Filip Sebek, spokesman for the Forum 2000 foundation that organises the conference, told AFP, specifying that the two Nobel Peace laureates met in private.

Beijing, a powerful Myanmar ally and major investor in the resource-rich nation, has branded the Dalai Lama an anti-China "separatist" who encourages violence.

 
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