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India Urges Dalai Lama to Avoid Harming Relations With China


India's foreign minister is urging Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, to avoid actions that hurt New Delhi's relations with China.

Pranab Mukherjee said Tuesday the Dalai Lama and his government-in-exile can remain in northern India as guests of New Delhi. But Mukherjee says the Tibetan spiritual leader should not engage in political activities in India that undermine its ties with China.

The northern Indian town of Dharamsala that hosts the Dalai Lama has been the scene of regular protests against China's recent crackdown on dissent in Tibet.

Last month, Tibetan protesters in New Delhi stormed the Chinese embassy, prompting China to summon India's ambassador in Beijing to complain.

India's government has been trying to improve relations with China after decades of mistrust and even hostility dating back to a 1962 border war.

Some information for this report was provided by DD News and Reuters.

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