China lashes out at India for arranging Dalai Lama visit

Posted April 13, 2017

China said on Wednesday that the recent visit by Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh will not alter its claim over the state.

Chinese officials were angered by Pema Khandu saying Arunachal bordered Tibet, and not China, and the Dalai Lama's comments on Chinese rule in Tibet, and said the statements suggested the visit was not entirely religious.

The Buddhist monk spoke Saturday at a news conference during a visit to the northeast Indian town of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh state, which borders China.

In his speech in Arunachal Pradesh, the Dalai Lama said clearly that the acts of repressive measures employed by China in Tibet are similar to the atrocities committed by Polpot's in Cambodia, when more than a million Cambodians were massacred in 1970s. He also said the "some specific Indian official" had indulged in provocative political statement but did not name Pema Khandu. "It shows the Dalai clique has already viewed itself as foreign", he said.

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Chinese soldiers promptly crossed the disputed frontier with India in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, going so far as to pitch tents on land that India considers its sovereign territory.That mini-crisis was followed by a series of policy setbacks that reflected China's scant regard for India's sensitivities on various issues.

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama on Tuesday wrapped up his week-long tour of Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing had strongly objected to.

Its media and foreign ministry has repeatedly aired its opposition to the Tibetan Buddhist leaders's ongoing visit to the region.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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While China is militarily and economically strong and many world governments think twice before antagonising China on any count, nevertheless the fact remains that the world knows that China's position on Tibet is unjustifiable and unacceptable. "We will take further action to safeguard the territorial sovereignty and national security".

"We have already reached important consensus of resolving the boundary dispute through negotiations and consultations". Lu insisted that India should keep its commitments on Tibet related issues. Beijing reportedly fears that the Dalai Lama's visit to the state could embolden Tibetans, who have been demanding independence from Chinese rule for many decades. He also attacked the Chinese government on Tibet related issue and advocated political view on splitting China.

The Dalai Lama is in Arunachal on a nine-day visit and this is not the first time he has visited the state.

The commentary claimed that people living in Arunachal Pradesh "live hard lives, face various kinds of discrimination and look forward to returning to China".

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"Nobody knows who or where the next Dalai Lama will be born or come from".