The Dalai Lama is free to travel to any part of India, and China’s objections about Arunachal Pradesh will not be accepted, the BJP has said. As far as whoever wants to visit any part of India, they can do so, and these kinds of comments are uncalled for. They do not help in Bilateral relations in any way,” BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli told ANI in Delhi. China, on Friday warned India that bilateral ties might suffer “damage” if it allows the Tibetan spiritual leader to visit Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing claims is part of southern Tibet. It routinely objects to visits by the Dalai Lama and foreign leaders to the Indian state.
The border dispute covers the 3,488-km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC). India asserts that the dispute covered the Aksai Chin area, which China occupied during the 1962 war. China objected on October 24 to US ambassador Richard Verma’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, saying any interference by Washington in the Sino-India boundary dispute will make it “more complicated” and “disturb” hard-won peace at the border.
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