'Japanese visa to Rebiya Kadeer, Dalai Lama will impact ties with China'

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New Delhi, Apr 17 (ANI): Chinese premier Wen Jiabao's possible visit to Japan can be in jeopardy after Tokyo's plan to issue entry visas for Uygur leader Rebiya Kadeer and the Dalai Lama for their respective visits.

Observers feel that Japanese plans will surely have a negative impact on the bilateral ties of both countries.

The Dalai Lama is scheduled to come to Japan on June 18 and participate in a service at a Buddhist temple in Nagano, and deliver speeches in Ishikawa and Kanagawa prefectures.

Rebiya Kadeer plans to attend symposiums in Tokyo and Osaka after her May 20 arrival, Kyodo news said.

The two leaders will be visiting Japan for the second time since the Democratic Party of Japan came to power, the China Daily reports.

The Japan Times said their trips will signal the continuation of Japan's policy of accepting the two as visitors, but the administration is likely to emphasize "neither will be received as government guests".

"This is definitely going to negatively impact Sino-Japanese relations," said Feng Zhaokui, former deputy head of the institute of Japan Studies at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Feng said domestic pressure contributed to the visa granting process, while China's strong dissatisfaction has made Tokyo feel uncomfortable, shunning formal greetings with the two. (ANI)

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