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The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama

India is unlikely to accept China's request, which has been conveyed through "formal diplomatic channels", to stop Dalai Lama from visiting Arunachal Pradesh. "Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India", Baglay said.

China had already warned India that any understanding with the Tibetan spiritual leader could damage the bilateral ties. China is anxious the Tibetan leader's message to people in Arunachal Pradesh might travel across the border and reach sections of Tibetan people who hold him in high esteem despite efforts by Chinese officials to paint him as a "dangerous separatist". "India is fully aware of the seriousness of the Dalai Lama issue and the sensitivity of the China-India border question".

Dalai Lama is considered by China as a risky separatist leader, who can affect for the worse ties between India and China. The Chinese hostility to the Dalai Lama is also well-known. It reiterated its position on the eastern sector of the disputed border and its contention that the Tibetan leader is considered a separatist by China. "The Dalai clique has, for a long time, carried out anti-China separatist activities, and on the issue of the China-India border, has a history of disgraceful performances".

Shuang's comments came against the backdrop of an interview to the Chinese media by former Chinese Special Representative on the boundary dispute Dai Bingguo in which he said the border dispute between the two nations can be resolved if India gives up claim over Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.

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"The disputed territory in the eastern sector of the China-India boundary, including Tawang, is alienable from China's Tibet in terms of cultural background and administrative jurisdiction", Dai was quoted as saying by a Beijing-based China-India Dialogue magazine. This is also an important consensus reached by the two sides, he added. "Under such a background if India invites the Dalai to visit to the mentioned territory, it will cause serious damage to peace and stability of border region and China-India relations".

Mr. Dai highlighted that an Agreement on the Political Parameters and Guiding Principles for the Settlement of the India-China Boundary Question, that was signed in 2005 has been "fundamental" in advancing the boundary talks.

Geng said China had conveyed its displeasure and concerns to India about the impending visit through formal channels.