Days after Dalai Lama met Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapathi Bhavan, China has reverted with a strong statement saying India must respect China's core interests to avoid any disturbance in bilateral ties.
Days after the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama met President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapathi Bhavan, China has reverted with a strong statement saying that India must respect China’s core interests to avoid any disturbance in bilateral ties between the two countries. As reported by PTI, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said in a media briefing that India, in total disregard of China’s solemn representation and strong opposition, initiated a meeting between Dalai Lama and the President.
Commenting on China’s reaction, Official Spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs, Vikas Swarup said that India’s position is consistent. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a respected spiritual leader. It was a non political event which he attended, reported ANI.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a respected spiritual leader. It was a non political event which he attended: Vikas Swarup, MEA
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This is not the first time China has raised a protest over the Dalai Lama. Beijing objected in October this year to Centre’s permission to the Tibetan spiritual leader to visit Arunachal Pradesh. Also, China objects every time Dalai Lama meets leaders from other countries.
China calls the revered and iconic figure of Dalai Lama a political pawn who has been provoked to engage in anti-China activities with the intention of separating Tibet from China, PTI quoted the Chinese spokesperson as saying.
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Further, the spokesperson also said that the Chinese side is strongly dissatisfied and opposes Dalai Lama’s presence at the opening session of the ‘Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit’, organised by Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s Children’s Foundation on December 10.
Sometime back, India was strongly criticised by the Chinese official media when Dalai Lama visited Mongolia post which Beijing was accused of imposing a blockade of the land-locked country. Not just this, but China later blocked movement along the Mongolia-China border. Beijing also livid over the Mongolian Ambassador to India Gonchig Ganhold’s appeal to New Delhi to help Mongolia to deal with China’s countermeasure against Ulaanbaatar.