China sees red as Dalai Lama attends official event in India

Dalai Lama

Staff Reporter GUWAHATI, March 20 - The Patriotic Peoples Front Assam (PPFA) has welcomed Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lamas ensuing visit to the city and expressed hope that his visit would strengthen the pre-historical bond between the people of Tibet and North East India. According to officials, some 1,000 delegates from 35 countries are attending the conference.

Union Minister of State for Culture Tourism (Independent Charge) Dr Mahesh Sharma was also present at the inauguration.

"We urge the Indian side to clearly recognise the anti-China separatist nature of the Dalai clique, abide by its promises on the Tibet issue, respect China's core interests and avoid further disturbances and harm to China-India relations".

Earlier this month, China had objected to India permitting the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh which it regards as Southern Tibet.

China today warned India not to go against its "core concerns" to avoid disruption in bilateral ties after New Delhi invited the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to an global Buddhist seminar in Bihar. "China is strongly dissatisfied and resolutely opposed to this", Hua added. "The Dalai clique has always been engaging in anti-China separatist activities and its record on the border question is not that good", he had said.

In December, Mr. Mukherjee had hosted the Dalai Lama at the Rashtrapati Bhavan along with other Nobel prize winners - a move that had irked Beijing.

In his speech at Friday's event, the Dalai Lama remembered the time 60 years ago when then premier Zhou Enlai sent him to Nalanda with the relics of ancient Chinese traveller Xuan Zang to offer to prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

India deliberately used the Dalai Lama, who is not only a religious figure but also a political one, as a "legal excuse" to claim the disputed region, said Hu Shisheng, the director of the Institute of South and Southeast Asian and Oceania Studies.



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