Indian police were “framing” China by claiming that Chinese spies were out to assassinate Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in Dharamshala, the state-run media said on Monday.
A state media report quoted government statements and said the allegations levelled by the Dalai Lama were a stunt to attract international attention.
The official website of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) said reports in the Indian media that China had dispatched spies to kill the Dalai Lama were completely false.
Earlier, the foreign ministry had denied that Beijing had deployed “well trained female agents” to kill the Tibetan leader.
“China Tibet Online (tibet.cn), the official website of the TAR in western China, reported Monday that police in India area are ‘framing’ China by deploying additional manpower to safeguard the Dalai Lama in McLeod Ganj,” the nationalistic state-run tabloid, Global Times, reported.
It quoted a report in the Indian media that said “...a proposal has been made to the State Home Department to enhance security for the Dalai Lama ‘in view of the threat perception to his life’ and ‘there have been several instances in the recent past when alleged Chinese spies with maps and documents containing secret information have been arrested around his residence’”.
The report added Indian police had proposed the “installation of high-resolution 360 degrees cameras, baggage scanners and sophisticated sabotage-checking equipment at the entrance of the Dalai Lama’s residence”.
A report on tibet.cn said, “Claims that China is sending spies to assassinate Dalai Lama are groundless as he has been snubbed by many countries and has lost his international influence.”
China accuses the Dalai Lama of fomenting “separatism” in TAR and has called him a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” in the past. The Dalai Lama has been living in India since the late 1950s, when he and a group of Tibetans crossed the border.
In September, the Chinese government warned him to stop “separatist activities”.
“On one side, Chinese authorities are warning the 14th Dalai Lama to stop separatist activities, and on the other they are urging him at his advanced age to make a choice that is good for the nation and the people,” the government said.
More than 130 Tibetans have self-immolated in TAR and surrounding provinces in the past few years, demanding the return of the Dalai Lama and more religious and cultural rights.