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Dalai Lama returns to India after Japan trip

November 9, 2009

by Phurbu Thinley
November 7, 2009

New Delhi, November 7 -- After a week-long visit
to Japan, the exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness
the Dalai Lama on Saturday returned to India, a
day ahead of his scheduled trip to the
northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.

The Dalai Lama did not speak to waiting
mediapersons at the New Delhi's Indira Gandhi
International Airport where he arrived amid tight security, PTI reported.

Despite stern objections from Beijing, the
government of India has cleared the way for the
Tibetan leader to undertake a week-long visit to
Arunachal Pradesh, saying the "honoured" guest
was "free to go anywhere in the country".

The Dalai Lama's New Delhi representative Mr
Tempa Tsering today confirmed that the Tibetan
leader will leave with a small delegation to Arunachal Pradesh tomorrow.

'His Holiness will be in Arunachal Pradesh for a
few days and will hold a religious discourse. I
would like to stress that he will not be talking
to the press,' IANS quoted Tsering as saying
prior to Dalai Lama's arrival in New Delhi.

Objecting to the visit, China has said Dalai Lama
was causing disharmony in India-China relations
and said the visit "further exposes" the
anti-China and "separatist nature" of the 'Dalai clique'.

New Delhi, however, denied Chinese claim that the
Dalai Lama's planned visit to Arunachal Pradesh
was in any way causing strain in bilateral ties between the two countries.

"There is no strain in bilateral ties," foreign
secretary Nirupama Rao reportedly told reporters in New Delhi on Wednesday.

While in Japan, the Dalai Lama had hit out at
China for overpoliticizing his travels and said
it reflected "negative" attitude, as his trip was not political.

"The Chinese government politicizes too much
wherever I go. Where I go is not political," the
Dalai Lama said in Tokyo last week.

"I am surprised the Chinese government is
negative about my visit. If my visit creates
problem, I am very sad, that's all," he said.

Once in Arunachal Pradesh, its state government
has said the revered Tibetan leader will be
accorded the honour of 'state guest' during his week-long tour.
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