China today appreciated the stand of the Indian government recognising Tibet autonomous region as an integral part of China and New Delhi’s assertion not to allow "Tibetan separatist" activities in the country.
"The Indian government has said that the Tibet Autonomous Region is an integral part of Chinese territory and that they do not allow Tibetan separatist activities in India. We express our appreciation to the Indian side," Jiang Yu, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, said today.
She was replying to a question whether Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama’s speech on the 51st anniversary of the Tibetans' National Uprising Day yesterday had any negative impact on China’s ties with India and does Beijing think that New Delhi is doing enough to restrict the Tibetan separatist activities.
"China and India are the promoters of the five principles of peaceful coexistence. One of the principles is mutual respect for each others’ sovereignty and territorial integrity. We hope China and India can develop conducive and comprehensive relations," she said.
The 74-year-old exiled spiritual leader accused China of trying to deliberately "annihilate Buddhism" in Tibet by conducting a campaign of patriotic re-education in monasteries there.
"Today, the Chinese authorities are conducting various political campaigns, including a campaign of patriotic re-education in many monasteries in Tibet. They are putting the monks and nuns in prison-like conditions depriving them the opportunity to study and practise in peace," he said in a statement in the Indian northern town of Dharamsala in India.