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India: Dalai Lama draws huge crowds on visit slammed by China

Updated On: Nov 10, 2009

TAWANG, India: The Dalai Lama held a mass audience with tens of thousands of devotees Monday on a "non-political" visit to a region near India's border with Tibet that has drawn shrill protests from China.

More than 30,000 people, many of whom arrived days in advance, packed into an open-air polo ground near the remote Tawang monastery in the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh to hear the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader.

"Compassion and peace are the two words that should be remembered by all," the Dalai Lama said at the opening of three days of religious teaching.

China, which claims Arunachal as its own territory, has condemned the week-long visit and accused the Dalai Lama of seeking to stir up tensions in relations between New Delhi and Beijing.

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 Source: AFP (through CNA), "Dalai Lama draws huge crowds on visit slammed by China", November 10, 2009,http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1016939/1/.h...







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