Defying China’s warning, Dalai Lama arrives in Assam ahead of Arunachal Pradesh visit

An Indian government official said on Friday that the Dalai Lama's visit was religious, not political.

By: Reuters | Guwahati | Updated: April 1, 2017 5:45:53 pm
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The Dalai Lama arrived in India’s northeastern state of Assam on Saturday ahead of a visit to neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh. The Tibetan spiritual leader’s trip is expected to fuel tensions between India and China over strategic issues such as China’s growing ties with India’s arch-rival Pakistan. China claims the region in the eastern Himalayas as “South Tibet”.

The Dalai Lama told Reuters TV at the airport in the Assam city of Guwahati that his visit was to promote religious harmony. He said he was happy to be back in a region that revived his memories of escape from Tibet in 1959, after a failed uprising against Chinese rule. “I still feel the feeling of that time,” he said.

China, which considers the Dalai Lama a dangerous separatist, said on Friday it was “resolutely opposed” to the visit, and urged India to “avoid taking any actions that would further complicate the border issue”.

An Indian government official said on Friday that the Dalai Lama’s visit was religious, not political.

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