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China attacks Dalai Lama for hurting Sino-India ties

November 6, 2009

By Chris Buckley
November 3, 2009

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Tuesday accused the
Dalai Lama of seeking to undermine Beijing's
relationship with Delhi through a visit to a
disputed border region, insulating India's
government from direct Chinese wrath over the dispute.

The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader has riled
Beijing by arranging a trip next week to
Arunachal Pradesh, parts of which China claims as
its own. The Chinese government has condemned the
trip several times and asked Delhi to stop it going ahead.

But with ties between the two Asian giants
strained by a flare-up of disputes over their
shared boundary, Beijing apparently hopes to keep
its ire over the trip, due to start Nov. 8, from inflaming diplomatic tensions.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu repeated
earlier criticism of the Dalai Lama for
"separatist" activities, but did not condemn
Delhi for allowing the trip to go ahead, and
underlined the importance Beijing places on Sino-Indian ties.

Blame for tensions, Ma said, rested with the Dalai Lama.

"The Dalai Lama often lies and often engages in
acts to sabotage China's relations with other
countries," Ma told a regular news briefing, when asked about the trip.

"I am confident that his scheme to wreck China's
relations with the relevant country will come to nothing."

China claims about 90,000 sq km (55,900 square
miles) of Arunachal Pradesh along the border as
part of its territory, that it sees as "southern" Tibet.
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