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China firmly opposes India's invitation to the Dalai Lama


04-05-2017 20:24 BJT

(Source: CGTN)

The 14th Dalai Lama is scheduled to visit the eastern border area between China and India. The area has been subject to a decades-long territorial dispute between the two countries. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying says the proposed trip will seriously damage relations between China and India.

"India is clearly aware of the seriousness of the Dalai Lama issue and the sensitivity of the border issue. In such circumstances, India's invitation to the Dalai Lama to the disputed border region will severely damage peace and stability along border areas, as well as hurt ties between our two countries. China resolutely opposes the Dalai Lama visiting the border area for any reason and has expressed grave concern. Our position on the Sino-Indian eastern border is clear and consistent. India is clear about the role that the Dalai Lama plays. India's invitation violates its promises on the Tibet issue and provokes the China-India border issue. It won't bring any benefit to India or China-India relations. We urge India to stop using the Dalai Lama to damage Chinese interests. India should maintain China- India relations and refrain from hurting boundary negotiations," Hua said.

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