The Dalai Lama delivers a speech during a group hearing at the Palais des Congres, on Sept. 13, 2016 in Paris, during his first visit to France in five years. / AFP / Eric FEFERBERG
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China Wednesday warned Taiwan against allowing exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to visit, after a high-profile Taiwan legislator invited him to the self-ruled island that Beijing claims as its own.Taiwan's former president, Ma Ying-jeou, who favoured close economic ties with China, refused the Dalai Lama entry several times after his last visit to Taiwan in 2009 .Taiwan's new President Tsai Ing-wen, elected in January, has not said whether the government would allow a visit by the Dalai Lama, who congratulated Tsai on her "remarkable" victory.China is suspicious of Tsai and her pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, even as Tsai insists she wants to maintain peace with China.
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