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China sees red as Dalai Lama attends official event in India

IANS  |  Beijing 

expressed Monday its discontent to the Indian after the Tibetan spiritual leader the attended a public event in

An international conference on Buddhism, organised by at Rajgir in Bihar, was inaugurated by the and India's Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma and was also attended by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, reports Efe news.

"In recent days the Indian side, in total disregard of China's stern representation and strong opposition, insisted on inviting the 14th to attend the international conference on Buddhism held by the Indian government," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.

"We urge the Indian side to clearly see the anti-nature of the Dalai group and ... respect China's core concerns and avoid China-relations from being further disrupted and undermined," Hua told the media.

considers the Dalai Lama a separatist and usually pressurizes other governments from inviting him to official ceremonies or to receive him formally.

The Dalai Lama has been living in exile in the Indian city of Dharamsala since fleeing his homeland in 1959.

In April, the 81-year-old Tibetan leader is scheduled to visit Arunachal Pradesh, an Indian state disputed by the two countries.

India is also home to some 100,000 Tibetan exiles.



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First Published: Mon, March 20 2017. 21:06 IST