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China’s premier says Tibet inseparable part of country’s ‘sacred’ territory

Tibet is an inseparable part of China’s ‘sacred’ territory, and religious figures should promote national unity and ethnic harmony, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said during a rare visit to a region that is a focus for international rights concerns. Chinese troops marched into Tibet in 1950 in what China officially terms a peaceful liberation, and has ruled it with an iron fist ever since. It is one of Beijing’s most sensitive territorial issues, and has been hit by repeated anti-Chinese protests, although the region has…

Myanmar faces mounting pressure over Rohingya refugee exodus

YANGON: Pressure mounted on Myanmar on Tuesday to end violence that has sent more than 300,000 Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, with the United States calling for the protection of civilians and Bangladesh seeking international help to handle the crisis. The government of Buddhist-majority Myanmar says its security forces are fighting “terrorists” behind the latest wave of attacks, which began on Aug. 25, and they are doing all they can to avoid harming civilians. The top UN human rights official denounced Myanmar on…

Dalai Lama says Buddha would have helped Myanmar’s Muslims

NEW DELHI: The Dalai Lama has spoken out for the first time about the Rohingya refugee crisis, saying Buddha would have helped Muslims fleeing violence in Buddhist-majority Myanmar. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh in recent weeks after violence flared in neighboring Myanmar, where the stateless Muslim minority has endured decades of persecution. The top Buddhist leader is the latest Nobel Peace Prize laureate to speak out against the violence, which the U.N. special rapporteur on human…

China names areas in India to assert claims

BEIJING: China has issued standardised spellings of the names of six places in Arunachal Pradesh, a region disputed with India, in what China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday was an assertion of sovereignty. China was upset when exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, whom it considers a dangerous separatist, visited the contested stretch of land on the India-China border this month. Arunachal Pradesh is an eastern Himalayan state administered by New Delhi but claimed by China as Southern Tibet. Last…

China says Dalai Lama “provokes” with visit to disputed border with India

BEIJING: China on Wednesday denounced in the strongest terms yet a visit by the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to a disputed stretch on the China-India border, saying he had provoked China by supporting India's claim to the region. The Dalai Lama's week-long trip to Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as "southern Tibet", has infuriated China, where the Nobel Peace laureate is considered a dangerous separatist. Indian officials have dismissed China's criticism of the Dalai Lama's second visit to Arunachal…

Aussie skipper Smith rubs noses with Dalai Lama

DHARAMSALA: Australian skipper Steve Smith revealed Friday his team held a relaxing session with the Dalai Lama where they learnt about keeping their cool, just a day ahead of the high-pressure series decider against India. Smith has been in the centre of a controversy after his opposite number Virat Kohli accused him of systematically abusing the Decision Review System during the second Test in Bangalore. The Aussie captain has admitted breaching the DRS rules by looking up to his own dressing-room to seek advice over…

China protests Dalai Lama meeting with Indian president

BEIJING: China has objected to the Dalai Lama meeting with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee earlier this month, saying the talks had negatively impacted ties between the Asian neighbours. The Tibetan spiritual leader met with Mukherjee at the Indian presidential palace in New Delhi during a child welfare summit attended by Nobel laureates and world leaders on December 10-11. "The Chinese side is firmly opposed to any form of contacts between officials of other countries with him (the Dalai Lama)," Chinese foreign…

China warns India against Dalai Lama border visit

BEIJING, CHINA: The country on Friday rebuked India for inviting exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to visit a contested stretch of land on the India-China border, warning it would harm relations between the neighbours. China claims more than 90,000 sq km (35,000 sq miles) of territory disputed by India in the eastern sector of the Himalayas. Much of that forms the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, which China calls South Tibet. A senior aide to the Dalai Lama told Reuters the 80-year-old Nobel Peace Prize…

China says countering Dalai Lama is top ethnic priority in Tibet

BEIJING: China will make countering the Dalai Lama's influence the "highest priority" in its work on ethnic affairs in Tibet, the region's Communist Party boss has said, vowing to uproot the monk's "separatist and subversive" activities. Beijing says its Communist troops peacefully liberated Tibet in 1950 and regards the 80-year-old, Nobel Peace Prize-winning Buddhist monk as a separatist. The self-exiled Dalai Lama says he merely seeks genuine autonomy for his Himalayan homeland. China's Foreign Ministry expressed anger…