Don't give additional colour to Dalai Lama's Arunachal visit: MEA

China has been repeatedly warning India that the Dalai Lama's visit to the frontier State would severely damage bilateral ties.

Chief minister Pema Khandu said on Wednesday Beijing has no right to threaten Delhi on the 14th Dalai Lama's movement within the country as India shares boundary with Tibet and not China.

India also insisted that the 81-year-old monk's visit to Arunachal, where he will also visit Tawang, the part of the state China claims, was for "religious and spiritual" purposes, and not for politics, as Beijing has alleged.

The editorial comes as the Dalai Lama entered Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday by road, en-route to Tawang where he is to attend an important Buddhist event. India, on the other hand, has worked hard on improving its defence collaborations across the world (be it with the United States, in South Asia, the Asia-Pacific or Indian Ocean region) and there is very little to differentiate when it comes to both countries' foreign policies at the moment. On March 29, 1959, seven of us were tasked to escort the Dalai Lama safely to Indian territory. Beijing has been opposing the spiritual leader's visit to Tawang, which it claims to be a part of South Tibet. "India has always been non-interfering in the neighbours' internal affairs in our approach", Rijiju told reporters in New Delhi. While the United States under Barack Obama and his successor Donald Trump have not entertained Beijing much, the issues related to the dispute in the South China Sea and over North Korea's nuclear belligerence have also put it in a spot internationally.

"So for material development to remain with the People's Republic of China is in our interest".

Rejecting India's position that the visit was purely religious in nature, Ms. Hua said that no one believed that the Dalai Lama was visiting a "disputed region" for religious reasons alone.

On Tuesday, India asked China not to interfere in its matters.

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It says that "China has never thought of making trouble for India, and is handling these issues in accordance with global practices and United Nations regulations".

China said on Wednesday it will lodge solemn representations to India over the Dalai Lama's visit to the disputed border region.

"The government has clearly stated on several occasions that His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a revered religious leader, who is deeply respected by the Indian people", it said in its latest statement on the matter.

Beijing further warned India of interrupting its "free-ride" of economic growth if it continues to adversely affect "core interests" of China. The 3,500-kilometer-long (2,175-mile-long) border shared by India and China was the major cause of war in 1962.

China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said China was strictly opposed to the visit.

A riled China also lodged a protest with India's Ambassador in Beijing Vijay Gokhale over the Tibetan spiritual leader's visit.

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