Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal may damage ties: China warns India
Nobel Laureate and exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, appears at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) to give a public teaching May 26, 2001, in Los Angeles. Photograph: (Getty)
China today warned India that bilateral ties may suffer if it allows Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing has claimed as part of southern Tibet.
The visit will "damage" and affect peace and stability of the border areas, Beijing said.
"We are seriously concerned about the relevant information," PTI reported Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang saying in a media briefing.
"China's position on the eastern section of China India border is consistent and clear. The Dalai clique is engaged in anti-China separatist activity and has very disgraceful behaviour on issues relating to China-India boundary question," Kang said.
The Indian side is well aware of the severity of the Dalai Lama issue as well as the sensitivity of the China-India boundary question, he said.
He added that the Indian must honour the political commitment to Tibet-related issues and abide by the bilateral consensus on boundary question.
India should "refrain from taking any action that may complicate the issue, do not provide any platform for anti-China separatist activities by the 14th Dalai Lama," he said.
India's invitation to the Dalai Lama for activity in the disputed area between China and India was like providing a platform for anti-China separatist activities, he alleged.
China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of southern Tibet and often objects to visits Indian leaders and foreign dignitaries to the area. The dispute concerns the 3,488-km long Line of Actual Control (LAC).
China has earlier taken objection to US envoy in India Richard Verma's visit to Arunachal Pradesh.
India says that there was "nothing unusual" about his trip to a state which is an integral part of the country.
China also urged the US to "stop its interference in the boundary issue between China and India".
(WION with inputs from PTI)