Dalai Lama’s Arunachal visit will hit ties with India: China

Beijing, Oct 28 (IANS) China on Friday said the Dalai Lama’s scheduled visit to Arunachal Pradesh will damage ties with India.

“India will only damage peace and stability of the border areas as well as the bilateral relationship between China and India,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said.

The reaction came a day after India said the Dalai Lama was free to travel to any part of the country and Arunachal Pradesh was no exception.

The Tibetan spiritual leader is likely to visit the northeastern state bordering China early next year.

China has accused the Dalai Lama of secessionist activities in Tibet. He has been living in self-imposed exile in India since 1959.

Arunachal Pradesh is claimed by China, which calls it South Tibet.

Earlier this week, China reacted angrily after the US ambassador to India, Richard Verma, visited Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.

Beijing warned Washington not to meddle in the border dispute between India and China.

–IANS

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