Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang’s Regular Press Conference on March 3, 2017
Q: The Dalai Lama is going to visit the Arunachal Pradesh in April. He will be meeting Indian government officials. Does China think this visit will damage China-India relations?
A: China is gravely concerned about this. Our position on the eastern section of the Sino-Indian boundary is clear and consistent.
The Dalai group has long been engaged in anti-China separatist activities and has put on dishonorable acts in the past on the boundary question. The Indian side knows very well the seriousness of the Dalai issue and the sensitiveness of the boundary question. Under such circumstances, India’s invitation to the Dalai Lama to the disputed areas between China and India will bring severe damage to peace and stability of the border areas and China-India relations.
China is firmly opposed to the Dalai Lama’s activities in the disputed areas between China and India and has expressed its concern to the Indian side for several times. We urge again the Indian side to honor its commitments on the Tibet-related issues, follow the important agreement between the two sides on the boundary question, refrain from actions that would further complicate the question, not provide a stage for the anti-China separatist activities of the Dalai group, and ensure the sound and steady growth of China-India relationship.
Q: You just said that the Chinese side expressed concern to India on the visit of the Dalai Lama to the so-called Arunachal Pradesh. In what way did China express its concern? Was it a formal representation? Was it here in Beijing or in New Delhi?
A: As I said just now, the Chinese side has expressed its concern to the Indian side on this. To my knowledge, this is a representation made through formal diplomatic channels.