Saturday, December 17, 2016

China warns India over Dalai Lama, India dismisses the warning

China on Friday objected to the Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama Dalai Lama’s Decemer 10 meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan during a children’s summit saying India must respect China’s “core interests” to avoid “any disturbance” to the bilateral ties.

“Recently in disregard of China’s solemn representation and strong opposition, the Indian side insisted on arranging for the 14th Dalai Lama’s visit to the Indian Presidential palace where he took part in an event and met President Mukherjee,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang told a media briefing here.

India dismissed China’s warning and said His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a revered guest of India and that the event was non-political.

“India has a consistent position. His Holiness, the Dalai Lama is a respected and revered spiritual leader. It was a non-political event organised by Nobel laureates dedicated to the welfare of children,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

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