China is firmly opposed to any visit by the Dalai Lama to the disputed border region between China and India, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Friday.
According to Indian media reports, the Dalai Lama is scheduled to visit a disputed zone in the eastern part of the China-India border area in March next year at the invitation of the so-called “Arunachal Pradesh” government.
“China is very concerned about these recent reports,” said spokesperson Lu Kang at a routine press briefing.
Lu said the Dalai Lama has long engaged in anti-China separatist activities with the aim to split Tibet from China and has behaved disgracefully on the China-India border issue.
India understands the seriousness of the Dalai Lama issue and the sensitivity of the border disputes, he said, noting that India’s invitation to the Dalai Lama for activities in the disputed border areas will gravely damage peace and stability of the border areas, as well as bilateral relations.
Lu said China demands the Indian side meet its political commitments on the Tibet-related issues and abide by the consensus reached by the two sides on border issues.
He urged India to refrain from taking actions that could further complicate the China-India border issue and to not provide platform for separatist activities of the Dalai Lama clique, so as to safeguard the healthy and stable development of bilateral ties.