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China attacks Dalai ahead of Arunachal visit

November 6, 2009

Press Trust of India
November 3, 2009

Beijing, Nov 3 (PTI) China today unleashed a
fresh attack on Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai
Lama and needled India on his forthcoming visit
to Arunachal Pradesh saying it was a "separatist"
action and an anti-China move.

The Dalai Lama, currently in Japan, is scheduled
to visit Tawang monastery in Arunachal Pradesh on
November 8 on what he has said is a spiritual, and not political, trip.

"We have expressed our grave concerns. We believe
that this once again exposes the nature of the
Dalai Lama as anti- China," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said here.

"We firmly oppose the visits of the Dalai Lama to
the border regions ... this is a separatist action," he said.

Ma's statement came days after the Dalai Lama
said he was surprised and saddened by China's
criticism of his visit to Tawang monastery.

"I was surprised at China's criticism.
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