Dalai Lama To Visit Arunachal Pradesh Next Year


New Delhi:  The Dalai Lama is expected to visit Arunachal Pradesh early this year, which may rattle China, given its objections to the Tibetan spiritual leader’s visits in the past.

The Dalai Lama is expected to address a religious gathering at the monastery in Tawang. India’s policy is not to stop him from going to the state, but it is Beijing’s policy to protest anyone’s visit to Tawang, especially its monastery, which is at the core of its dispute with India.

The Dalai Lama has visited the town in 2009 too, for a festival. Last week, US Ambassador to India Richard Verma visited the state for the Tawang festival on Chief Minister Pema Khandu’s invitation.

China does not recognise Arunachal Pradesh as a part of India and claims over 83,500 square km of territory in the state as its own, particularly the Tawang region.

Beijing earlier objected to the visit of former President Pratibha Patil for the Tawang festival.

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