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Dalai Lama dismisses Chinese threat

The Dalai Lama during a press conference at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester, as he begins a national tour of the UK Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The Dalai Lama brushed aside a reported threat by China to withdraw their Olympic athletes from a training camp as "almost routine".

The Tibetan spiritual leader made the comment during the launch of his 10-day visit to the UK which will see him pass on a message of non-violence, dialogue and universal responsibility.

Asked about his thoughts on the reported threat, he replied: "That is always happening, that is almost like routine."