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China warns India over invite to Dalai Lama to Buddhist meet

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

today warned not to go against its "core concerns" to avoid disruption in bilateral ties after invited the Tibetan spiritual leader to an international Buddhist seminar in Bihar.

"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.

"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 81-year-old 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, had objected to permitting the to visit Arunachal Pradesh which it regards as Southern

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

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

views the Nobel Peace laureate, who fled into exile in after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959, as a dangerous separatist.

in the past held talks with him for reconciliation after he fled from But no such talks were held after President Xi Jinping took over as the new leader in 2012 and Beijing kept pressure on various countries not to host him.


Meanwhile, analysts of China's state-run think tanks termed as provocative the India's invitation to the to participate in the Buddhism conference in Bihar.

The Indian invitation to him demonstrates that is trying to secure concessions in Arunachal Pradesh which claims south through such provocation, Wang Dehua, Directorof the Institute for Southern and Central Asian Studies of Shanghai told official daily 'Global Times'.

"But in doing so, is asking for trouble, worsening the bilateral relations and impeding normal bilateral discussion," he was quoted as saying by the daily.

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.

has been bolder to follow the US, considering that its rhetoric on the question is increasingly intensifying when many Western countries are playing it down, Hu said.

India's aggressive gesture of inviting the will bring no benefit to India, but tarnish its image among Chinese people, Hu said.

First Published: Mon, March 20 2017. 16:42 IST