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Text of report in English by Taiwanese newspaper The China Post website on 31 August
SHIAO LIN, Taiwan -The Dalai Lama said Taiwan should have "very close and unique links" with China but also enjoy democracy, as he arrived at a devastated village Monday to pray for victims of Taiwan's worst storm in 50 years.
The first full day of his five-day visit tested the recently warming relations between China and the self-ruled island, which Beijing wants back after the two split six decades ago.
Kneeling on the ground above what was once the farming village of Shiao Lin, the Tibetan spiritual leader offered his prayers for the estimated 500 villagers who died in …