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China raps Dalai Lama

China rapped the spiritual leader for trying to deceive the world opinion by staging protest rallies.

india Updated: Nov 22, 2006 13:56 IST

China on Tuesday rapped Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama for trying to "deceive" the world opinion by staging protest rallies against President Hu Jintao's maiden visit to India and hoped that New Delhi would adhere to its commitments on Tibet.

"This is a negative effort made by the Dalai Lama in an attempt to deceive the international public opinion," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Jiang Yu told reporters when asked to comment on anti-Hu rallies in India.

"Our position has been clear cut on this issue. Tibet has been a part of Chinese territory," she said.

Jiang noted that India has made an assurance to China that it will not allow Tibetans living in the country to engage in anti-China political activities from Indian territory.

"We attach importance and appreciate this statement by India and we also hope that India will honour its commitments on this issue," she said.

The spokeswoman also went on to rebut the Dalai Lama's allegation on religious persecution in Tibet.

"On the question of religion, China has also a clear position. Tibet is an internal affair of China and Chinese government attaches importance to the religious beliefs of Chinese citizens according to law," she said.

First Published: Nov 21, 2006 16:20 IST