Despite China’s warning to India against the Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, government representatives are all set to host the Tibetan spiritual leader there. Beijing had earlier today, in a statement, said that if the Dalai Lama visits Arunachal Pradesh then it would affect the ties between the two-key Asian powers. Reacting to Beijing’s statement, New Delhi said that the Tibetan spiritual leader will be making a religious trip to Arunachal Pradesh in April, and India being free, it won’t be stopping him from travelling to any part of the country.
Dalai Lama is considered by China as a dangerous separatist leader, who can affect for the worse ties between India and China. It has raised objections to his impending visit to the state. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of Tibet and routinely objects to any visits by top leaders, officials and diplomats to the area. The Narendra Modi-led government shares a good relationship with the Dalai Lama. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju who hails from Arunachal Pradesh, in a statement to The Quint said, “He is going there as a religious leader, there is no reason to stop him. His devotees are demanding he should come, what harm can he do? He is a Lama.”
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Chinese spokesman on Foreign Affairs, Geng Shuang said, “China’s position on the eastern section of China-India border dispute is consistent and clear. The Dalai clique has, for a long time, carried out anti-China separatist activities, and on the issue of the China-India border, has a history of disgraceful performances.”
He goes on to say further that, “India is fully aware of the seriousness of the Dalai issue and the sensitivity of China-India border question. Under such a background if India invites the Dalai to visit to the mentioned territory, it will cause serious damage to peace and stability of border region and China-India relations.”