China upset as Dalai Lama meets Indian president

China upset as Dalai Lama meets Indian president

China upset as Dalai Lama meets Indian president

The Government of India sought to play down the comments, saying the event the Dalai Lama had attended was not a "political" one.

Beijing objected in October this year to India's permission to the Tibetan spiritual leader to visit Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as part of southern Tibet.

The meeting between Mukherjee and the Dalai Lama came at a time Beijing is already battling suggestions from US President-elect Donald Trump that he isn't averse to waving another red rag - in the form of contact with Taiwan.

Asked about the future of CTA's dialogue with China, which virtually collapsed in 2010, Sangay said the Xi Jinping-led Chinese administration needs "to treat the Dalai Lama as the solution" and not as an obstacle.

However, India rejected China's objection to a meeting between President Pranab Mukharjee and the Dalai Lama and said that he was a revered spiritual leader and it was a non-political event.

"The Chinese side is strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposed to that. It was a non-political event organised by Nobel laureates dedicated to the welfare of children", Foreign Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said here. The office of Dalai Lama is based in this north Indian hill station.

China upset as Dalai Lama meets Indian president
China upset as Dalai Lama meets Indian president

Mr. Geng stressed that the "Dalai Lama is in political exile and is always been engaged in anti-China separatist activities with the attempt of separating Tibet away from China under the cloak of religion".

India and China have been locked in a series of spats over the past few months that have left relations tense.

The face-off over the recent meeting with Mukherjee and the proposed trip to Arunachal comes at a time when China has blocked India from joining the NSG, a powerful 48-nation bloc, and is seen as siding with long-time ally Pakistan at a time when New Delhi and Islamabad are caught in the worst tension in more than a decade.

New Delhi would have expected a strong reaction from Beijing.

After the Dalai Lama visited Mongolia earlier this month, Geng Shuang told the country "to stick to its commitment to Tibet-related issues for maintaining the sound development of bilateral ties".

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