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China slams India for inviting Dalai Lama to Buddhist seminar

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

today warned to respect its "core concerns" to avoid disruption to bilateral ties after invited the Tibetan spiritual leader to an international Buddhist seminar in "in total disregard" to Beijing's strong opposition.

"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 told reporters here today.

"is strongly dissatisfied and firmly opposed to it," she said.

"We urge the Indian side to clearly see the anti-splittist nature of the Dalai group and honour its commitment on and related questions, respect China's core concerns and avoid China-relations from being further disrupted and undermined," she said.

The inaugurated an international seminar on Buddhism on March 17 in Rajgir in Bihar's Nalanda district, about 100 km from the capital Patna.

Buddhist monks and scholars from various countries participated in the seminar 'Buddhism in 21st Century'.

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

China is strongly opposed tothe Dalai Lamavisiting disputed areas, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.

"China's position on eastern section of China-India border dispute is consistent and clear. TheDalaiclique has long been engaging in anti-China separatist activities and its record on the border question is not that good," he had said.

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First Published: Mon, March 20 2017. 14:57 IST