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South African MP slams China for opposing Tibetan leader's visit

IANS  |  Dharamsala 

South African parliamentarian on Saturday condemned China's opposition to the visit of (CTA) to her country. She called on to stop "overstepping" on South Africa's sovereign rights.

"The reaction by the at the visit to by Lobsang Sangay, the of the Central Tibetan Administration, is so over the top and quite ludicrous," she said, as per a post on the CTA website.

Noting had been invited by to attend the State of the National Address (SONA) by Jacob Zuma, she called on to stop threatening

"In a manner reminiscent of a child throwing a tantrum, the Chinese issued a strongly worded statement that the visit would result in Chinese investment being discouraged."

"Such veiled threats to the government of SA cannot be ever entertained. If wants to go, it should go. The time for non-South Africans to hold the to ransom is long gone."

The in Pretoria has strongly protested over Sangay's visit, accusing the of disregarding the long-standing commitment to 'One China Policy'y.

Kalyan, who belongs to the country's largest opposition party the Democratic Alliance, pointed out that "directing South Africa's foreign policy is not the mandate of BRICS and that private chats do not translate into policy or promises as alleged by the Chinese government".

She attended CTA's five-Fifty forum here in October last where and were also present.

Sangay arrived in on February 5 for his maiden four-day visit - the first ever official visit of a Tibetan to the African continent since the Dalai Lama's visit in 1996.

At the invitation extended by Inkatha, Sangay was originally scheduled to attend Zuma's address at the inaugural session of the on February 8, the CTA said, but it was postponed owing to domestic political tensions in

The is based in the northern hill town of where a community of Tibetans lives in exile with their spiritual leader,



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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 18:00 IST