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China again protests Dalai Lama visit to India border state

BEIJING, Nov 10 (AFP) - China on Tuesday again condemned the visit of the Dalai Lama to an Indian border state near Tibet, saying it was evidence of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader's "anti-Chinese" stance.

"China strongly opposes the Dalai Lama's visit" to Arunachal Pradesh, foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters, adding that the trip had "fully exposed the anti-Chinese nature of the Dalai Lama".

The spokesman added that Beijing had "expressed its strong dissatisfaction with India allowing the Dalai Lama's visit to the disputed area."

China, which claims Arunachal Pradesh as its own territory, had previously accused the Dalai Lama of seeking to stir up tensions between New Delhi and Beijing by making the week-long visit to the region.

Indo-Chinese tensions over their disputed Himalayan border -- the trigger for a brief but bloody war in 1962 -- have risen in recent months, with reports of troop movements and minor incursions on both sides.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh toured the state last month during an election campaign, prompting warnings from Beijing about harming bilateral ties.

The authorities in Beijing view the Dalai Lama as a dangerous "splittist" bent on independence for Tibet, but the monk insists he is simply seeking greater autonomy for the Himalayan region.

"His attempts are doomed to fail," the foreign ministry spokesman said.

MySinchew 2009.11.10

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