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Dalai Lama's trip to "Arunachal Pradesh" denounced
09:58, September 14, 2009  

China has stressed its objection to the Dalai Lama's plan to visit the so-called "Arunachal Pradesh" in November, while India has made it clear that it won't stop the exile from making the visit.

"We firmly oppose the Dalai Lama visiting the 'so-called Arunachal Pradesh,'" Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu told the Global Times Sunday, adding that China holds a persistent stance on "Arunachal Pradesh," which is part of the Chinese territory.

The Dalai Lama intended to travel to "Arunachal Pradesh" in mid-November, after his Taiwan visit earlier this month was met with strong protests.

"There are no restrictions on the Dalai Lama's travel in India," The Hindu newspaper reported, citing Indian officials.

Jiang voiced "strong concern" of the development, and said it "further reveals the Dalai Lama clique's anti-China and separatist essence."

"The Dalai Lama forgets his origins," Zhao Gancheng, director of South Asian Studies at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies, told the Global Times. "He acknowledged last year that the city of Tawang in 'Arunachal Pradesh,' where the sixth Dalai Lama was born, as being the territory of India under the agreement between Tibetan and British representatives in 1914. "

"The Chinese government never acknowledged the legitimacy of the MacMohan Line," Zhao said, adding that until the 1950s, the Tibetan government had tax records in "Arunachal Pradesh," a proof that the state is part of China.

According to The Times of India, India's possible decision to let the Dalai Lama go ahead "is certainly a step forward from 2008, when it stopped him from undertaking the same visit, terrified of angering the Chinese."

"India's encouragement of the Dalai Lama's visit betrays its promise to China," Zhao said, adding that India promised to oppose any anti-Chinese activities by the Dalai Lama and Tibetans in India.

"The continuous instigation will not only harm bilateral ties, but also do no good to the settlement of the China-India boundary question," Zhao said.

Indian media repeatedly creates a tense atmosphere in the wake of the 13th China-India Boundary Talks held in early August in New Delhi. China stands ready to work with India in the spirit of mutual understanding, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.

"The Dalai Lama is ludicrously ignorant of his strength," Zhao said, adding that Dalai's anti-China activities could not change the reality.

Senior officials in the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama held talks yesterday with "the premier of the Tibetan government in exile," ahead of a planned meeting with the Dalai Lama today, according to AFP.

The Dalai Lama is expected to return to the U.S. next month, when he hopes to meet with Obama.

"It is up to Obama," Zhao said, adding that the possible meeting between Obama and the Dalai Lama, which attacks China's core benefits, would damage China-U.S. ties.

Source: Global Times

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