China & Tibet

Mongolia Cuts Ties With Dalai Lama, Turns To China

Zaamar Tomb
Tang Dynasty style finds. Gokturk Period. 7th century. Shoroon Bumbagar, Zaamar Sum, Tov Province, Mongolia. 180km northwest of Ulan Bator. By Yastanovog.

Mongolia, With Deep Ties to Dalai Lama, Turns From Him Toward China

The New York Times Sinosphere – December 30, 2016 (Excerpt)

Mongolia, whose rulers played a role in establishing the Dalai Lama centuries ago, no longer welcomes him.

Remarks by its foreign minister this month were the latest sign that another country had withered under pressure from China over the contentious issue of the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader.

The minister, Tsend Munkh-Orgil, told the Onoodor newspaper that the government “feels sorry” for allowing the Dalai Lama to visit Mongolia in November and that the Dalai Lama “probably won’t be visiting Mongolia again during this administration,” according to Bloomberg News. The Foreign Ministry confirmed the remarks, according to The Associated Press.

The reaction by Mongolia surprised some scholars because of the country’s deep ties to the Dalai Lama, which date from the 1500s. Even the title alludes to those roots: Dalai means “ocean” in Mongolian. Read more…