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China objects to Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, says it will only damage its ties with India

China's Comment Is In Response To Dalai Lama's Scheduled Visit Early Next Year At The Invitation Of The State's Chief Minister Pema Khandu

PTI | Updated on: 28 Oct 2016, 04:50:31 PM
A file photo of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama


China objected on Friday to Dalai Lama's scheduled visit to Arunachal Pradesh, saying the invitation to the Tibetan spiritual leader "will only damage peace and stability of the border areas" as well as its ties with India.

The invitation to the "Dalai Lama for activity in the disputed areas between China and India will only damage peace stability of the border areas as well as the bilateral relationship between China and India", Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said.

Kang's comments were in response to Dalai Lama's scheduled visit early next year at the invitation of the state's chief minister Pema Khandu. The visit is understood to have been cleared by the Centre.

Read: Dalai Lama scheduled to go to Arunachal Pradesh in 2017, Central Government clears visit

China claims Arunachal Pradesh to be a part of southern Tibet and routinely protests visits by Indian leaders, foreign officials as well as the Dalai Lama to the area.

Last week, Beijing reacted strongly to American envoy Richard Verma's October 22 tour to Tawang, saying the Ambassador visited a "disputed region". The Dalai Lama is likely to visit Tawang, the seat of a Buddhist monastery.

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First Published : 28 Oct 2016, 01:37:00 PM