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India refutes Chinese charge on Dalai’s visit
Published on 10 Nov. 2009 12:16 AM IST
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India Monday denied that Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama was visiting Tawang under pressure from New Delhi as a Chinese scholar warned that India was on the “wrong track again” vis-a-vis China. An unnamed Chinese scholar quoted by Beijing-based Global Times Monday said: “India may have forgotten the lesson of 1962, when its repeated provocation resulted in military clashes.” He warned: “India is on this wrong track again.” The comment came a day after Dalai Lama arrived in Tawang in India’s northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh on a week-long visit. In New Delhi, Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor denied the Chinese newspaper’s report that Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama was visiting Tawang under pressure from India. Global Times had quoted another Chinese analyst as saying that the Dalai Lama’s visit to the area, which China calls southern Tibet, was made under pressure from India. Tharoor told the India Economic Summit: “The Dalai Lama is free to travel anywhere in India... I have not heard the suggestion comes from us as we do not deal with the spiritual travels of spiritual leaders. He has to visit his flock as he sees fit.” He added that he was “sure that the initiative (to visit Tawang) would have come from him”. China has protested against the visit of the Dalai Lama to Tawang monastery in Arunachal Pradesh. But Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called him an “honoured guest” and said he was free to visit any part of India.

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