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Tibet a part of China, Dalai Lama an honoured guest: Krishna

August 23, 2010

August 21, 2010

New Delhi -- Foreign Minister SM Krishna has
responded to the objections raised by China to
the Dalai Lama's meeting with the Prime Minister in New Delhi recently.

He said that India's position on the Dalai Lama
has been stated clearly to the Chinese Foreign
Minister that Tibet is an integral part of China
and that the Dalai Lama was an honoured guest of India.

"The Indian position has been stated repeatedly
and categorically. I have mentioned this to the
Chinese Foreign Minister also - that the Dalai
Lama is an honoured guest, a spiritual leader who
is held as such by millions and we don't
encourage anyone to get into political activities
which will concern the relationship between the
two sides. We have made it abundantly clear that
Tibet is a part of China," Krishna said.

The Dalai Lama had called on Manmohan Singh
August 11, the first meeting between two since
the ruling UPA returned to power over a year ago.

The Chinese government has reportedly conveyed
its objection over the meeting through diplomatic channels.

The Dalai Lama heads a Tibetan
government-in-exile that is based in the Indian
hill town of Dharamsala.
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