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Dalai Lama in Delhi from Tokyo, off to Arunachal tomorrow

November 9, 2009

Press Trust of India (PTI)
November 7, 2009

New Delhi -- After a week-long visit to Japan,
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama returned
here today, a day ahead of his trip to Arunachal Pradesh.

The Dalai Lama did not speak to waiting
mediapersons at the Indira Gandhi International
Airport where he arrived amid tight security.

He will undertake a week-long visit to Arunachal
Pradesh from tomorrow despite objections by
China. In Arunachal, he will be in Itanagar,
Tawang and Bomdila, which have already geared up
for the long-awaited high-profile visit.

China has been opposing the visit of the
74-year-old exiled Tibetan leader to the
north-eastern state but India has made it clear
that the "honoured" guest was free to go anywhere in the country.

The Dalai Lama has hit out at China for objecting
to the visit, saying it reflected "negative"
attitude, as his trip was not political.

Objecting to the visit, China has said it
"further exposes" the anti-China and "separatist nature" the 'Dalai clique'.

Chinese Foreign Ministry has said the Dalai Lama
was causing disharmony in India-China relations.

"I was surprised at China's criticism. If my
visit creates problem, I am very sad, that's
all," the Nobel laureate had said in Tokyo last week.
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