The Government of Taiwan has extended an invitation to the Dalai Lama to take part in a prayer meeting with survivors of this month's typhoon, a move that has angered Beijing, reports The Independent.
A spokesman for the Dalai Lama said details were being finalized and he hoped to travel to Taiwan as soon as possible, perhaps as early as next week.
A spokesman for the Chinese Government's Taiwan Affairs Office said it 'resolutely opposed' the decision by Taiwan's President to allow the Dalai Lama to visit 'in whatever form and capacity,'the state-run Xinhua News Agency said.
The invitation was 'an attempt to sabotage' the current good relations between the two countries, he said.
China still claims the self-governing island of Taiwan, which split from the mainland in 1949 after a civil war, as part of its territory.
A spokesman for the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Takhla, said, "The Chinese must understand that his holiness is going to offer his support and to share in the sorrow."