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Tibetans living-in-exile surprised over China's opposition to Dalai Lama's visit

Gangtok, Thu, 17 Sep 2009 ANI

Gangtok, Sep 17 (ANI): Members of the exiled Tibetan community living at Gangtok said China's opposition to the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh is "surprising".


The Dalai Lama plans to visit Arunachal Pradesh soon. China has claimed part of Arunachal as its territory.


The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader's aide said the Dalai Lama would be in Arunachal Pradesh state in the second week of November.


The intended visit has already sparked off controversy. China claims about 90,000 sq km of Arunachal Pradesh as part of its territory.


The Dalai Lama's travel plan was announced a week after the completion of his visit to Taiwan, a self-ruled island claimed by Beijing. China denounced the trip.


"This time round when they (Chinese Authorities) are making some kind of pressure or some kind of opposition to the upcoming visit of his holiness to Arunachal Pradesh it is really very surprising.


Why would they complain when the government of India has no problem in his holiness visiting Arunachal Pradesh? So why should people of republic of china have some problem?" said Zimba Bhutia, Tibetan youth committee member.


"Chinese authorities have always been against the trip of Dalai Lama. So I think that they should know why Dalai Lama has been there. Dalai Lama has been welcomed by the people of Arunachal Pradesh as the spiritual and a Buddhist monk," said Dhondup Dorjee, Tibetan welfare officer of Sikkim.


A visit to Arunachal Pradesh could now draw further attention to China's treatment of Tibetan activists and the Dalai Lama's calls for cultural and religious freedoms and autonomy. (ANI)


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