Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal despite China’s warning

Dalai Lama is all set to visit Arunachal Pradesh. The spiritual leader will be visiting Tawang after 8 years interval from April 4 to 13. The visit will take place despite China’s warning of “severe damage” to Indo-China relations.

Beijing has issued a statement, expressing concern over the visit of Dalai Lama. China stakes claim of 90,000 sq kms in Arunachal which it refers to as “South Tibet”. Defying China, Dalai Lama will travel to Arunachal Pradesh accompanied with Union Minister Kiren Rijiju.

A change is seen in the actions of the Narendra Modi’s administration, which is raising public engagement with Dalai Lama. The earlier governments had been reluctant in this matter.

China regards Dalai Lama a dangerous separatist and has expressed its disapproval of providing a state to Lama for carrying out “anti-China” activities.

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju, who hails from Arunachal Pradesh said, “He is going there as a religious leader, there is no reason to stop him. His devotees are demanding he should come, what harm can he do? He is a lama.” He also said that India is going to be more assertive while dealing with China.

News Sources: Times Of India, Live Mint

Image Source: Reuters

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