Dalai Lama trying to split the country: China BEIJING: Slamming the Dalai Lama for his attempts to "split China", Beijing on Friday said it would resolutely oppose his "separatist activities" in any country. Reacting to reports of a South African court questioning the delay in visa to the Tibetan spiritual leader, Chinese foreign ministry's spokesman Hong Lei said for China the Dalai Lama is a political exile. Hong said China would continue to oppose the Dalai Lama's "separatist activities in whatever capacity and in whatever name in any country". "I would like to once again state that the Dalai Lama is a political exile that has long been engaged in activities to split China under the guise of religion," he told a media briefing on Friday. "Dalai Lama has never ceased activities to seek Tibet's independence," he said. The Dalai Lama was invited to South Africa to deliver a lecture at the 80th birthday celebrations of anti-apartheid activist Desmond Tutu on October 4 last year but his application for a visa did not get any response from authorities on time. The delay led him to cancel his trip while an outraged Tutu had lashed out at the government calling it worse than the apartheid-era dispensation. Dalai Lama trying to split the country: China - The Times of India ***************************** Is Dalai Lama really trying to split the country. The Chinese have so far indicated that he is no powerhouse in Tibet and is redundant since the majority of Tibetans are wallowing in the new found richness and luxuries provided to them by China. The Chinese claim that the Tibetans are getting a better deal under the Chinese than the 'baby eating' Dalai Lama. If indeed that were true, then why the Chinese are quaking in their pants and turning the colour yellow just worrying about the Dalai Lama as a splittist?