- Beijing objected to Dalai Lama's trip, India firmly rebuffed it
- Now China says trip will worsen border dispute with India
- Arunachal is inseparable part of India: Government
China claims Arunachal Pradesh as South Tibet, and describes the 81-year-old Dalai Lama as a dangerous separatist. India denounces both claims. Last week, Junior Home Minister Kiren Rijiju asserted that Arunachal Pradesh is an "inseparable part of India" and asked China to refrain from "interfering in India's internal affairs," comments that earned him the wrath of state-run media in China which accused him of failing in attempts to be "cute".
India has said that the Dalai Lama, who is a spiritual leader for millions, visited the northeastern border state for religious reasons. The Dalai Lama said on his controversial tour that "Tibet is a part of China but needs more development."
He has visited Arunachal Pradesh six times in the last eight years. This trip served special provocation for China because he visited the remote monastery in Tawang, close to the de facto border. Tawang is where he entered India in 1959 after trekking for 13 days through the Himalayas after he fled Tibet as a young monk after a failed uprising. He now resides in the hill town of Dharmsala where India allowed him to set up a government-in-exile, though he no longer handles any political office.