Beijing, April 5: The Tibetan priest Dalai Lama`s visit to the disputed parts of Arunachal Pradesh causing serious damage to the bilateral ties says China on Wednesday. Notably China claims the region in the eastern Himalayas as South Tibet and had previously warned that if India allowed the visit of the Dalai Lama, whom it calls an "anti-China separatist. Amid protests by Beijing against his scheduled visit to Tawang, the Dalai Lama said India has never used him against China.
"India in disregard to China's concerns obstinately arranged the Dalai Lama's visit to the disputed part of the eastern part of China-India border, causing serious damage to China's interests and China-India relations," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters.
"China's stand on the eastern part of the borders is consistent and clear. India is keenly aware of the role played by the 14th Dalai Lama. Arranging his visit to those sensitive and disputed areas not only runs counter to the Indian side's commitment to the issues related to Tibet but also escalate disputes over the border area. China firmly opposes this move and will lodge representations with the Indian side," she said. she said.
"It goes against the momentum of the sound growth of bilateral relations and will not benefit India in anyway. China will firmly take necessary measures to defend its territorial sovereignty and legitimate rights and interests,” she added.
We demand the Indian side immediately stop its actions using the Dalai Lama to undermine China's interests and not hype up sensitive issues between the two countries, not artificially damage the foundation of the talks between the two countries on the border issues and bilateral legislations and take concrete actions to safeguard the China-India relations," said Chunying.
The 81-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader reached Bomdila in West Kameng district yesterday, starting his nine-day visit to Arunachal Pradesh. China is sensitive to the Dalai Lama's visit to Tawang region in Arunachal which happens to be the birthplace in 1683 of the sixth Dalai Lama and is at the centre of Tibetan Buddhism.
Meanwhile, Dalai Lama said, "India has never used me against China. I am a messenger of the ancient Indian thought and I talk about ahimsa, peace, harmony and secular ethics wherever I go," the Tibetan spiritual leader said while talking to the media here.
"I am a Buddhist. The entire Himalayan range had been traditionally following Buddhist dharma and modern physics is based on Buddhist philosophy," he said.