China protests against President Pranab Mukherjee meeting Dalai Lama

China has expressed strong opposition to India inviting exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to meet with President Pranab Mukherjee, stating that India has ignored its reservations.

China protests against President Pranab Mukherjee meeting Dalai Lama

China has expressed strong opposition to India inviting exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to meet with President Pranab Mukherjee, stating that India has ignored its reservations.

“China strongly opposes any contacts between the Dalai Lama and officials of any countries. China has urged India to clearly recognize the Dalai Lama's anti-Chinese and separatist nature, to respect China's core interests and concerns, to take effective measures to eliminate the negative influences of the incident, and to avoid disturbing China-India ties," said Geng Shuang, spokesperson of Chinese Foreign Ministry.


President Mukherjee hosted the Dalai Lama and other Nobel Peace laureates at a conference on children's rights at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Sunday.

"Recently in disregard of China's solemn representation and strong opposition, the Indian side insisted on arranging for the 14th Dalai Lama's visit to the Indian Presidential palace where he took part in an event and met President Mukherjee," Geng Shuang added.

He asserted that the Beijing was “strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposed to that.” In response to China’s objection over the meet Foreign Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, “His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a respected and revered spiritual leader.  It was a non-political event  organised by Nobel laureates dedicated to the welfare of children.”

The political head of the Tibetan government in exile based in the hill town of Dharamsala said by hosting the Dalai Lama at Rashtrapati Bhavan India has given a strong message to Beijing.

“While the Dalai Lama has had private meetings with Indian leaders, Sunday's conference was a rare large public event. There are many European governments shying away from hosting His Holiness. Here you have the president of India hosting His Holiness. I think it is a powerful message to the world, and particularly to Beijing," he told Reuters.