China’s anger over Dalai Lama’s visit to the disputed regions of Arunachal Pradesh was clearly evident when it issued a warning to India, saying that it will take necessary measures to safeguard its territorial sovereignty. China also said that Dalai Lama’s visit has caused serious damage to bilateral ties between the two countries. Soon after Dalai Lama’s visit, China lodged a formal protest with India’s Ambassador in Beijing Vijay Gokhale. While speaking to reporters, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, “India in disregard to China’s concerns obstinately arranged the Dalai Lama’s visit to the disputed part of the eastern part of China-India border, causing serious damage to China’s interests and China-India relations.”
However, Indian government said that China should not interfere in India’s internal affairs. They said that India respects the neighboring country’s ‘One China’ policy and expects China to show similar respect in terms of a country’s internal matters. The Indian government also said that Dalai Lama’s visit was a religious visit and not a political one. As such, China should stop creating unnecessary trouble over a trivial issue.