Beijing warns India against complicating border issues over Karmapa’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh
By Lobsang Tenchoe
DHARAMSALA, Dec 6: China has warned India to be cautious of complicating boundary disputes after His Eminence the 17th Karmapa, OgyenTrinleyDorjee’s maiden visit to Arunachal Pradesh.
Following the 17th Karmapa’s visit to the Arunachal Pradesh last week on state invitation, Beijing reacted by calling on India to refrain from complicating the boundary issues as China claims the north Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh as its territory, calling it South Tibet.
“China’s position on the East section of the China-India border is clear and consistent. We hope India can abide by relevant consensus and refrain from any action that might complicate the boundary question,” Times of India quoted Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang as saying in its report.
The Chinese foreign ministry spokesman further remarked that tranquility in the region best serves the common interest of the two nations.
“China and India have constant communication on this and India is also very clear about our solemn position when it comes to the boundary question,” he added.
The last visit by Karmapa, head of Tibetan Buddhism’s Kagyue lineage, to Arunachal Pradesh was by the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorjee, some 400 years ago.