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The Dalai Lama has cancelled his trip to South Africa. He had planned to go this week for the 80th birthday celebration of Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
The Dalai Lama's trip had put the South African government in a sticky situation with the Chinese regime.
Last week, Chinese officials promised the South African government $2.5 billion in investments during the South African deputy president's visit to China.
The South African government denied the Dalai Lama a visa two years ago, when he was due to attend a conference of Nobel Peace Prize winners.
This time, the Dalai Lama's office withdrew his visa application after not receiving a response in time.
Archbishop Tutu condemned the government's actions—describing it as "worse than the apartheid government because at least you would expect it with the apartheid government."