No change in India's position on Tibet being part of China: MEA

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Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama on Tuesday wrapped up his week-long tour of Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing had strongly objected to.

He also said despite China's objection, India insisted on arranging the Dalai Lama's visit "in the disputed areas of the eastern section of the China-India boundary".

Meanwhile, India has repeatedly said that no political colour should be attributed to the Dalai Lama's Arunachal visit, which it described as religious and spiritual. He also said the "some specific Indian official" had indulged in provocative political statement but did not name Pema Khandu. "His display can not in the slightest impact China's position on the border and Tibet", Lu Kang said. "As of last month, he has labelled himself as "a son of India" at least 21 times".

"China has already made stern representations to India, and will take further measures to protect China's territorial sovereignty and national security", he added, without elaborating. "We have already expressed our solemn representations and it will of course have negative impact on bilateral relations", the foreign ministry spokesperson said.

"In 1972, the North East Frontier Agency became the Union Territory of Arunachal Pradesh", which was officially upgraded to a state in February 1987 after a legislation was passed by the Parliament of India at the end of 1986. The dispute covers the 3,488-km Line of Actual Control that separates India's Arunachal Pradesh from China.

The Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959 amid an uprising against Chinese rule in Tibet, which Communist forces had occupied earlier in the decade. By doing so, Beijing hopes not only to ensure that the next Dalai Lama is appointed by them, but also enhance its soft power and influence not just within China, but in places like Nepal and Southeast Asia where Buddhism is still practiced. In 2009, the Tibetan spiritual leader visited the region, which too was opposed by the Chinese government.

And, because Arunachal Pradesh is a state of the Indian union, what happens there is India's decision alone. "It will make people see clear that the Dalai Lama is "attempting to split China and damaging interests of all ethnic groups in China".

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