11/6/16 EPISODE 12
Is Mongolia's Kowtow To China The Future of East Asia?

Mongolia's government pledged to extend no more invitations to the Dalai Lama after China signaled that a trip last month by the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader could derail ties.

"The Dalai Lama's visit by the invitation of Gandan Monastery negatively affected two countries and these two countries have a misunderstanding," Mongolian Foreign Minister Munkh-Orgil Tsend told the Onoodor newspaper Wednesday. "The government feels sorry for this," he said, adding that the Dalai Lama “probably won't be visiting Mongolia again during this administration."

"China's stand on Tibet-related issues is firm and clear," Hua said. "We hope that Mongolia will truly learn lessons from this incident, truly respect the core interests of China, honor its promise and make efforts to improve the relations between China and Mongolia."

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