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China warns of attempt by pro-Dalai forces to incite Tibetans

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

Police in have warned people about "criminal gangs" connected to exiled the "to confuse and incite" them against the ruling Communist Party of China, reported today.

The public security bureau in has released details on how the public can provide tips on activities of "criminal gangs" connected to the "separatist forces of the Dalai Lama", the state-run reported.

An official circular "warned" local people to be on the lookout for "evil forces" of the that might use temples and religious control "to confuse and incite" people against the party and the government, the report said.

The bureau is asking people to report activities of "foreign hostile forces" that may seek financial support for the 82-year-old

The circular listed 22 illegal activities the bureau wants people to report, three of which directly mentioned the Dalai group.

"The Dalai Lama has been in exile for decades but still holds ambition to split China's from the Chinese territory," the report said.

"The Dalai group always interferes in national affairs by controlling temples, including and living Buddhas, and by spreading a kind of 'middle way' to the world, which actually advocates separatism and emphasises the separation of sovereignty and governing rights," Wang Xiaobin, a scholar at the Beijing-based Tibetology Research Centre told the daily.

The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 after a failed uprising against the Chinese rule in his homeland. He has been living in in exile ever since.

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

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 19:55 IST