South Africa denies Dalai Lama visa

The South African government has defended its decision to deny entry to the Dalai Lama, amid charges it is bowing to pressure from China. The Tibetan spiritual leader was due to attend a peace meeting in Johannesburg this week, along with fellow Nobel laureates Desmond Tutu and FW de Klerk. But the authorities have not granted him an entry visa, saying the invitation did not come from official channels. Archbishop Tutu has threatened to pull out of the conference over the issue. Speculation is rife in the local media that the government caved in to pressure from Beijing