Beijing: The Chinese foreign ministry has said the Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh will negatively impact the settlement of territorial disputes with India. “We will take further action to safeguard China’s sovereignty,” the foreign ministry said on Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh.
China on Thursday accused India of “fuelling tensions” and damaging its interests by allowing the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh while the state media called for answering “blows with blows” if New Delhi chooses to “play dirty”.
“I can confirm (that) China has lodged protest in Beijing and Delhi,” on Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing in Beijing.
The protest was lodged in Beijing with Indian Ambassador to China Vijay Gokhale. In Delhi, the protest was lodged with the competent officials of the External Affairs Ministry, Hua said.
Asked whether Beijing views India’s permission to the 81-year-old Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh as amounting to questioning the ‘One China’ policy, Hua said, “I want to re-emphasise that on issues concerning China’s major concern and core interests, territorial and sovereignty, China’s position is consistent.”