South Africa denied visa to Dalai Lama for Nobel Summit
South Africa on 3 September 2014 denied visa to Dalai Lama for Nobel Summit
South Africa on 3 September 2014 denied visa to Dalai Lama for Nobel Summit.
He was scheduled to attend the 14th world summit of Nobel peace laureates in Cape Town in October 2014.
Other Nobel laureates have warned that they will not attend the summit if the Dalai Lama is not permitted into the country.
South Africa believed that the Tibetan spiritual leader's trip would jeopardize relations with China.
In response, China highly appreciates South Africa for its respect and support for China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The summit was an annual gathering. South Africa is holding this summit for the first time.
This is the third time in five years the Dalai Lama has been refused a South African visa.
For the first time visa was cancelled in 2009. A peace conference in Johannesburg was arranged to highlight the World Cup in South Africa and again in 2011.
China – South Africa
China is South Africa's biggest single trading partner. The trade volume of two countries in 2012 was worth 21 billion US dollar.
Both countries also cooperate in the BRICS grouping of emerging economies along with Brazil, India and Russia.