China denounces India hosting Dalai Lama in disputed region

Published: April 5, 2017
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China said on Wednesday that India’s decision to host Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on a contested stretch of land on the India-China border would cause serious damage to relations between the two countries.

Plans for the Dalai Lama to kick off on Wednesday a week-long trip to Arunachal Pradesh, an eastern Himalayan region administered by New Delhi, but claimed by China as “southern Tibet”, has raised hackles in Beijing, which labels the monk a dangerous separatist.

India to host Dalai Lama in disputed territory, defying China

“China expresses firm opposition to this and will lodge stern representations with the Indian side,” Chinese foreign ministry spokeswomen Hua Chunying told a regular briefing in the Chinese capital.

By ignoring China’s concerns and persisting in arranging the trip, India had “severely damaged China’s interests and China-India relations”, she said.

“We demand that India immediately cease using the Dalai Lama’s mistaken behaviour to damage China’s interests,” Hua added.

“It will not bring any benefit to India. China will take necessary measures to firmly safeguard its territorial sovereignty and legitimate rights.”

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  • Wiserneighbour
    Apr 5, 2017 - 1:25PM

    China should not interfere in India’s internal affairs.Few Bodo separatists are holed up in china.What about them? Moreover Calling Dalai Lama a dangerous separatist is like spitting upwards lying down.It will fall on your face.What you will call mazood Azhar then?Recommend

  • Shj
    Apr 5, 2017 - 2:09PM

    China can keep crying, Hope more such guests visit Tawang.Recommend

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