BEIJING, March 31 - China today warned India of �serious damage� to bilateral ties if it allows Tibet�s exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh next week and asked New Delhi to make a �choice�.
In its second warning to India in a month, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said it was seriously concerned about India�s decision to allow the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing claims as part of south Tibet.
�We are seriously concerned about the news. On the eastern section of the China-India border, China�s position is clear and consistent,� Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told media here, responding to a question on the Dalai Lama�s upcoming visit to Arunachal Pradesh.
�The Dalai clique has long been engaging in separatist activities with inglorious record. India should be very clear with the true nature of the Dalai clique,� Lu said.
�But despite this India still invited the Dalai Lama to visit the region. This will have serious damage on bilateral relations,� Lu said.
The Dalai Lama will visit Arunachal Pradesh from April 4 to 13.
This is the second time this month Chinese Foreign Ministry has aired its objections to the Dalai Lama�s visit to Arunachal Pradesh.
�China is gravely concerned over information that India has granted permission to the Dalai to visit Arunachal Pradesh,� Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang had said on March 3.
China has protested to India last year also when New Delhi cleared his visit to Arunachal Pradesh. � PTI