Here is a Dalai Lama news update regarding the visit of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader and Nobel Laureate to the disputed border region of Arunachal Pradesh in northeast India which has drawn criticism from the government of China. A video clip of his trip and more details are below.
As the BBC reports, his trip to the town of the Indian town of Tawang found him greeted fervently by supporters, ethnic Tibetans, and, most notably the monks at the 300-year-old Tibetan Buddhist monastery where 50 years ago, he sought refuge after fleeing Tibet on foot. Speaking to the press, Guru Rinpoche, the monastery’s abbot, said:
“For us, this visit is very special…We have a very close bond with him.”
The town lies approximately 22 miles from the India-China border in Arunachal Pradesh which the British originally drew in 1914 and which has never been recognized by the Chinese, as evidenced, in particular by the 1962 invasion of the region by the Chinese army which led to India’s defeat in the ensuing war. This disputed region of the Himalayas covers approximately 35,000 square miles.
In recent days, the government of China has been sharply critical of this visit by the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader. According to Reuters, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang stated that India had ignored the government’s request that his trip to the region be disallowed.
“The Indian side disregarded the solemn position of China in allowing the Dalai Lama to visit the disputed area of the eastern section of the China-India border region,” Qin told a regular news briefing.
“China expresses strong dissatisfaction about that.”
Reuters goes on to note that in response, the spiritual leader told reporters he was not surprised by China’s reaction and that he characterized the trip to Arunachal Pradesh as a “non-political lecture tour.”
As the AP video below reveals, the press has largely been kept at a distance during this visit and thus that is all that is known as far as the latest Dalai Lama news on his trip to the disputed border region in India.
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