The Associated Press reports that the Dalai Lama has accepted in principle an invitation to come to Taiwan to comfort typhoon survivors.
On Wednesday, leaders of seven municipalities recently hit by Morakot issued a joint statement inviting the Dalai Lama to visit storm victims from August 31 to September 4. (source: Salon)
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou quickly signalled his willingness to allow the visit. The move represents a climbdown by Ma and his party, who in deference to China's rulers had opposed such visits until now.
This will be the third visit of the Dalai Lama to Taiwan in the past twelve years.