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China angered as Dalai Lama shares stage with Indian officials

China angered as Dalai Lama shares stage with Indian officials
The Dalai Lama.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS - China expressed anger on Monday after exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama attended a Buddhist conference supported by the Indian culture ministry, the latest spat with India over a man whom China brands a dangerous separatist.

The Nobel Peace Prize-winning Dalai Lama, who fled into exile in India after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959, denies espousing violence and says he only wants genuine autonomy for his remote Himalayan homeland.

The Dalai Lama opened the conference last Friday in eastern India.

"Recently, India ignored China's solemn representations and strong opposition and insisted on inviting the 14th Dalai Lama to attend an international Buddhist conference organised by the Indian government," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.

The Dalai Lama also shared the stage with Indian government officials and gave a speech, she told a daily news briefing.
 
13:20 (GMT+2), Mon, 20 March 2017
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