China on Friday said it appreciated Sri Lanka’s stance on the Dalai Lama, as it seems unlikely their government would grant him a visa to visit.
Sri Lankan Buddhist monks have invited exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to make his first visit to the island, after a strongly pro-China government was voted out in January, but an official said Colombo was unlikely to allow it.
The top foreign minister told Reuters the government “may not grant a visa” even if the monks invited the Dalai Lama.
He added that Sri Lanka has not changed its stance on its “One China” policy.
“Sri Lanka is a traditional friendly neighbor of China’s and the China-Sri Lanka relationship has always developed smoothly. Sri Lanka fully understands and respects China’s concerns on the relevant issue. We appreciate the Sri Lankan position. We are willing to work together with Sri Lanka to constantly strengthen our traditional friendly partnership,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular briefing in Beijing. (Voice of America).