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Row over Dalai Lama tour

The Dalai Lama begins a national tour of the UK. As part of the tour he has appeared alongside comedian Russell Brand. It is reported that the tour has put strains on the UK's relationship with China.

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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."

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