China blasts India over Dalai Lama visit to disputed area


India says China shouldn't interfere in its internal affairs, as a dispute deepens between the countries over the Dalai Lama's visit to India's northeast.

The 81-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader today arrived at Bomdila in West Kameng district, marking the beginning of his nine-day visit to Arunachal Pradesh.

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

China has raised objections to Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh time and again in the past.

India seems to hold a different view.

Citing other instances like the Dalai Lama's meeting with President in December, which Beijing sees as a "provocation", it quoted Rijiju as having said to an worldwide news agency in an interview that "it's a behavioural change you are seeing".

Beijing has earlier slammed the Dalai Lama as an "anti-China separatist" and attacked India indirectly for its support to the Tibetan leader.

The pair first crossed paths after the Dalai Lama was forced to leave for India via a clandestine mission during the midst of the failed Tibetan uprising against the Chinese authorities in 1959. We are very much willing to remain with People's Republic of China. China considers the Dalai Lama a risky "separatist" who wants to free Tibet from China.

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China had protested former U.S. envoy Richard Verma's visit to Tawang last October and warned Washington against meddling in the border dispute between New Delhi and Beijing. On corruption, the Dalai Lama said graft is a big problem facing the world and it was increasing because of lack of moral principles. "In such circumstances, India's invitation to the Dalai Lama to the disputed border region will severely damage peace and stability along border areas and hurt ties between the two countries".

Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, who is from Arunachal Pradesh, said that no political motive should be attributed to Dalai Lama's trip.

A riled China also lodged a protest with India's Ambassador in Beijing Vijay Gokhale over the Tibetan spiritual leader's visit.

"India should work to protect the big picture of bilateral relations with real action", Hua said. "Using such pressure tactics, which go against China's core interests, is in the opposite direction", Wang said. "As a democratic country, India can not interfere in the religious affairs of any community", he said.

"China is strongly dissatisfied and resolutely opposed to this", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.

"The government has clearly stated on several occasions that His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a revered religious leader, who is deeply respected by the Indian people", it said in its latest statement on the matter.

In another article in Global Times, a Chinese expert has said that the Dalai Lama's visit to the disputed zone "will hurt Sino-Indian ties".