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Mercedes apologises to China after quoting Dalai Lama

Mercedes apologises to China after quoting Dalai LamaMercedes-Benz has apologised for "hurting the feelings" of the people of China for quoting the Dalai Lama on Instagram. The German auto giant became the latest of several international companies that have backpedalled recently for offending Chinese consumers with advertising or information that clashes with Beijing's official position on Tibet and other Chinese-claimed regions. Mercedes' seemingly benign post to its official Instagram account showed a Benz on a beach before rolling white-capped waves. "Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open," the ad copy ran, citing the Dalai Lama, who is seen by Beijing as a separatist. "Start your week with a fresh perspective on life from the Dalai Lama," the carmaker wrote in the tagline. Mercedes' seemingly benign post to its official Instagram account showed a Benz on a beach before rolling white-capped waves The Zen post immediately drew criticism from Chinese internet users for quoting the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, whom Beijing accuses of being a "wolf in monk's robes" seeking Tibetan independence through "spiritual terrorism". The Dalai Lama has called for granting Tibetans greater autonomy within China, but not independence. While Instagram is blocked in China and inaccessible to most Chinese – and the post was penned in English – Mercedes-Benz quickly deleted the photo after the outcry and issued an apology on China's Twitter-like Weibo social media platform. "Even though we deleted the related information as soon as possible, we know this has hurt the feelings of people of this country," Mercedes said on its verified Weibo account on Tuesday. The post "published extremely incorrect information, for this we are sincerely sorry," the company wrote, without naming either Instagram or the Dalai Lama, or explaining what the offending post was about. "We have immediately taken real action to deepen our understanding of Chinese culture and values, including among our colleagues abroad, and in this way regulate our behaviour." China's foreign ministry applauded Mercedes' quick response on Wednesday, with spokesman Geng Shuang telling reporters: "Recognising and correcting one's mistakes is the most basic of ethics." Beijing "welcomes foreign companies to reap the opportunities of China's development but during this process we hope foreign companies can perform the most basic of compliance," Geng said. China's state media was less conciliatory, with the online edition of the Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily running an editorial attacking Mercedes after it published an apology. Offending the sensitivities of Beijing has proven a problem for a number of foreign companies tapping the lucrative Chinese market. Earlier this year, a spate of brands came under government criticism for online material that listed Chinese regions such as Tibet and Hong Kong as separate countries. Marriott hotels even had its Chinese website and app blocked for a week by mainland authorities, while Spanish clothing giant Zara and Delta Air Lines were also called out. Trendy Japanese retailer Muji has also faced the wrath of what the foreign ministry called the "new era" of a "more confident and open" China. One of the retailers' in-store catalogues held a store location map which Beijing said omitted islands disputed with Japan. Last summer, British band Placebo was scheduled to perform at the Summer Sonic Festival in Shanghai – until they posted a photo of the Nobel winner on Instagram. The picture resulted "in a lifetime ban by the Ministry of Culture in China," the band said in another post acknowledging they would be unable to perform. "We apologise to all the fans who were hoping to see Placebo perform," it wrote.



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Dalai Lama: Buddha Would Have Helped Persecuted Rohingya Refugees

Dalai Lama: Buddha Would Have Helped Persecuted Rohingya RefugeesThe Dalai Lama has joined world leaders and advocates in calling on the Myanmar government to protect the country’s persecuted Rohingya minority, as hundreds of thousands of refugees have fled in recent weeks.



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Dalai Lama cancels Botswana visit "due to exhaustion"

Dalai Lama cancels Botswana visit "due to exhaustion"Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has cancelled a planned visit to Botswana because of exhaustion, his office said, a move that is likely to be welcomed by China, a major investor in the African country. The Dalai Lama had been expected to address a human rights conference in the capital Gaborone on Aug. 17-19 and meet Botswana’s president during the trip. Visits by the Dalai Lama to foreign countries infuriate China, and it stepped up warnings to Botswana last month, with its Foreign Ministry spokesman demanding “the relevant country earnestly respect China’s core interests and make the correct political decision on this matter”.



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Dalai Lama says it's for people to decide fate of his office

Dalai Lama says it's for people to decide fate of his officeGAUHATI, India (AP) — The exiled Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader said Saturday that it's up to his followers to decide whether the office of the Dalai Lama exists in the future.



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Dalai Lama says Tibetan people should decide on his succession

Dalai Lama says Tibetan people should decide on his successionBy Sunil Kataria TAWANG, India (Reuters) – Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said on Saturday the Tibetan people should decide if they wanted to continue with his institution, adding that he wanted to convene a meeting of senior monks this year to start discussing his succession. China, which brands the Nobel Peace laureate a dangerous separatist, says the tradition must continue and its officially atheist Communist leaders have the right to approve the Dalai Lama’s successor, as a legacy inherited from China’s emperors. “Whether this very institution of Dalai Lama should continue or not is up to Tibetan people,” the Dalai Lama told a news conference in the remote hill town of Tawang near the Chinese border in India’s northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh.



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