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Dalai Lama a separatist, meeting him major offence: China to world leaders

Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, has been living in India in exile since then

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

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The 14th Dalai Lama

on Saturday warned that it would consider as a "major offence" if any country or foreign leader hosts or meets the as it deems the Tibetan spiritual leader a "separatist" trying to split from it.

routinely protests world leaders meeting the It also makes it mandatory for all the foreign governments to recognise as part of to have diplomatic relations with

It also protested that when the Tibetan spiritual leader was permitted by to visit various areas in the northeast, including Arunachal Pradesh, this year.

The fled in 1959 after a failed uprising against the Chinese rule in his Himalayan homeland. He has been living in in exile since then.

"Any country or any organisation of anyone to accept to meet with the Dalai Lama in our view is a major offence to the sentiment of the Chinese people," said Zhang Yijiong, executive vice minister of the United Front Work Department of the ruling (CPC).

"Also, since they have committed to recognising China as a sole legitimate government representing China it contravenes their attempt because it is a serious commitment," Zhang said on the sidelines of the once-in-a-five-year congress of the CPC.

Zhang said China would not accept the arguments of foreign countries and leaders to meet the 82-year-old Dalai Lama as a religious leader.

"I want to make it clear that the 14th Dalai Lama, the living Buddha handed down by history is a political figure under the cloak of religion," he said.

Without naming India, he said Dalai Lama fled to the "other country" in 1959 "betraying his motherland and set up his so-called government in exile".

That "so-called government" has the mission of a separatist agenda to split Tibet from China, he said.

"For decades, the group with 14th Dalai Lama as the leader never stopped to achieve that political agenda," he said.

There is no legitimate government that that has recognised the Dalai Lama group, he said, adding that fewer countries and leaders are hosting him.

Some countries may say the Dalai Lama is not a political figure but a religious figure and their officials meet him not in his political capacity.

"But that is not true and not right because every official represents their government and they are political figures," Zhang said.

"So we urge all to exercise caution and prudence to bear in mind the respect for China's sovereignty and for their relations and friendship with China," he said.

Zhang also claimed that Tibetan is originated from China.

"It is a special form of religion that originated within China. In the process of development of Tibetan Buddhism, it was influenced by other religions and other cultures, that is true but is not acquired religion," he said.

Zhang said in Tibet, China is encouraging Tibetan to reclaim its Chinese orientation.

"It is mainly about introducing or incorporating fine results of Chinese culture in the teaching of Tibetan religion," he said.

"Chinese culture can nurture teachings and tenants of Tibetan so that its teaching can take in the latest fine results of Chinese culture. It is also needed for the development of Chinese Buddhism itself," he said.

First Published: Sat, October 21 2017. 14:37 IST