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India asks Dalai Lama not to hurt ties with China

April 2, 2008

NEW DELHI, April 1 (Reuters) - India has urged the Dalai Lama not to
indulge in political activities that hurt its ties with China, in
remarks that analysts said were an attempt to placate Beijing and show
it was acting against Tibetan protesters.

"He is a respected guest in India," Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee
said, in comments aired by television channels on Tuesday.

"India will continue to offer him all hospitality, but during his stay
in India, they should not do any political activity, any action that can
adversely affect relations between India and China."

The north Indian hill town of Dharamsala, home to the Dalai Lama and the
Tibetan "government-in-exile", has been the epicentre of protests
against China's crackdown in Tibet.

Tibetan protesters also stormed the Chinese embassy in New Delhi last
month, prompting Beijing to summon the Indian ambassador and express its

The protests have come as an embarrassment for India, at a time when it
is trying to build closer ties with China and repair decades of mistrust
and even hostility dating back to a 1962 border war.

Analysts said the message was less for the Dalai Lama and more for China.

"Its a strong message that goes out to Beijing that we are doing your
bidding," Bharat Karnad, an international affairs expert, told Reuters.

India has tried to reassure Bejing that security will be tight for the
Olympics torch during its Indian leg relay.

But the country's football captain, Bhaichung Bhutia, a Buddhist, has
refused to carry the Olympic torch in protest against China's actions to
quell unrest in Tibet, an official said on Tuesday. (Reporting by
Krittivas Mukherjee; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)
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