China's official think-tanks countered the Dalai Lama's assertion that Chinese government can not decide about his successor, saying the next highest monk of Tibetan Buddhism must have the endorsement of Beijing.
Chinese state media continued its attack on India over the Dalai Lama's recent visit to Arunachal Pradesh, claiming the residents of the northeastern Indian state were suffering under India's "illegal rule".
In an op-ed piece in China Daily, Xi Rao, a Beijing-based expert on worldwide studies, said the Dalai Lama was only causing "trouble. for the settlement of China-India border issues, regional peace".
Lu said, "I said the Dalai Lama is visiting the eastern section of the China India boundary". He also said that "some specific Indian official" had indulged in provocative political statement but did not name Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu.
"One identity of the 14th Dalai Lama that history will record for posterity is he is a troublemaker", it said about the 81-year-old spiritual leader and Nobel laureate.
In response to a question, the Chinese foreign ministry also said Beijing will take "further action" to safeguard its territorial sovereignty.
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China claims Arunachal Pradesh as South Tibet, and describes the 81-year-old Dalai Lama as a risky separatist.
He described the Tibetan leader's comments to the media during the Arunachal Pradesh visit as "disgraceful performance".
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In China's view, however, Arunachal Pradesh is not really India's.
Both the sides have been negotiating to resolve the territorial dispute over the 3,488-km border for more than 20 years but an agreement has remained elusive. "The Indian side also has commitments on Tibet related issues, we hope Indian side will bear in mind the fundamental interests of the two countries and two peoples, safeguard political foundation of bilateral relations and and do not take any provocative actions". While China claims Arunachal Pradesh as Southern Tibet, India asserts that the dispute covered Aksai Chin area which was occupied by China during the 1962 war.
The Dalai Lama's visit to the sensitive border town of Tawang, home to a famous Buddhist monastery, is not his first. Still less could it change the fact that Tibet is achieving faster growth. The Tawang speech is the Dalai Lama's way "of getting under the skin of the Chinese, of probing them, and reminding them that they have no control over where the next reincarnation occurs", said historian Robert Barnett of Columbia University. "The central government will definitely support the Dalai Lama's successor if he or she is selected according to Chinese laws and historical rules, and the Tibetan people's will", he told PTI here.