Dalai Lama Defends Tibet Flag at Meeting with Japanese Lawmakers

Tibet’s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has hit back at Beijing’s claims that the use of the Tibetan flag is part of a bid to split Tibet from China, saying Mao Zedong had given him personal approval to keep and fly the flag.

The Dalai Lama came to the defense of the Tibetan flag when he was about to leave the National Diet Building in Tokyo after speaking to the Japanese All Party Parliamentary Group on Wednesday, according to a report on his official website.

Standing to leave, the Dalai Lama, his attention caught by the Tibetan flag standing next to his table, said he would like to tell the Japanese lawmakers a story.

He said that during one of his meetings with Chairman Mao Zedong in Beijing in 1954, Mao had asked him whether Tibet had a flag.

When the Dalai Lama cautiously answered that it did, Mao replied, “Good, you must fly it alongside the national flag,” according to the report. …(…)


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