China today warned India of serious damage to bilateral relations if it allowed Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh.
This is the second warning in a month from Beijing, as the Dalai Lama is going to visit the north-eastern state between April 4 and 13.
”The Dalai clique has long been engaging in separatist activities with inglorious record.India should be very clear with true nature of the Dalai clique. But despite this India still invited him to visit the region. This will have very serious damage on bilateral relations,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang briefed media in Beijing.
China considers Arunachal Pradesh as southern part of Tibet.
”China and India are two major developing countries and we are close neighbours. It is very important for the two peoples to maintain sound and steady China-India relations,” Lu added
China had lodged strong protest last year too when US Ambassador had visited the region.
However, India has on the past several occasion dismissed Chinese objections, saying that the Dalai Lama was a revered religious figure and he was free to visit any part of India, without any political meaning attached to his visit. The Dalai Lama ,who had escaped from Tibet in 1959 through Tawang region of Arunachal Pradesh, has visited the state four times since then.
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