Taiwanese Public Opinion on Inviting the Dalai Lama to Taiwan: Political or Religious Motives?

Mei Lin Pan, Kristina Kironska

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The Dalai Lama's absence from Taiwan since 2009, attributed to mounting pressure from China, has not deterred the persistent calls from the Taiwanese populace for his visit. However, the extent to which this desire represents a mainstream or minority viewpoint remains unclear. This raises questions about the motivations behind the Taiwanese people's appeals for the Dalai Lama to visit the country. Is this driven by religious sentiments, or is it politically motivated? To explore these questions, the authors propose a hypothesis that suggests a dual motivation for pro-green individuals advocating the Dalai Lama's visit-namely, a blend of religious and political inclinations, encompassing pro-Taiwan independence sentiments and opposition to the Chinese Communist Party. On the other hand, for pro-blue supporters favouring the Dalai Lama's invitation, the primary motivation appears to lean more towards religious considerations. This paper draws its insights from a comprehensive survey project, the Sinophone Borderlands Survey, conducted in Taiwan during May and June 2022.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Taiwan Studies
Issue number2006/6
StatePublished - 2024


  • Dalai Lama
  • Taiwan
  • cross-Strait relations
  • political motivation
  • religious motivation


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