Bilateral ties may be affected if Dalai Lama visits Arunachal Pradesh, warns China

News Agencies | First published: 28 October 2016, 15:21 IST
Bilateral ties may be affected if Dalai Lama visits Arunachal Pradesh, warns China

Ahead of the Dalai Lama's scheduled visit to Arunachal Pradesh, China issued a warning on 28 October, saying bilateral ties with India could suffer "damage", and affect peace and stability of the border areas if the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama is allowed to visit Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims is part of southern Tibet.

"We are seriously concerned about the relevant information," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang told a media briefing here replying to a question about reports that India has granted permission to Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh at the invitation of the Chief Minister.

"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. "Under such circumstances India's invitation to the Dalai Lama for activity in the disputed areas between China and India will only damage peace, stability of the border areas as well as the bilateral relationship between China and India," Kang said.

"We require the Indian side to honour the political commitment to Tibet-related issues and abide by the bilateral consensus on boundary question," he said. India also 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.

"Only by doing so can we maintain sound and steady growth of the bilateral relations," he added.

Asked about assertions by External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup that Dalai Lama has visited the state in the past, Kang said "making one mistake does not mean that you can make another mistake".