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Dalai Lama Schedules Visit to Disputed Indian State བོད་སྐད།

An aide for Tibet's exiled spiritual leader says the Dalai Lama next month will visit an Indian state bordering China that has been part of a long-standing dispute between the two countries.

The Dalai Lama plans to give spiritual lessons to his followers on November 8 in Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh state.

The Dalai Lama has visited Arunachal Pradesh previously, but his upcoming trip comes after a series of spats in the prickly relationship between India and China.

Indian officials have given the Dalai Lama permission to visit, India's foreign secretary said last week the Dalai Lama is a religious figure who does not engage in political activities in India.

China accuses the Dalai Lama of advocating separatism and encouraging sometimes violent protests inside Tibet, charges that he denies. The Dala Lama fled to India 50 years ago after China crushed an uprising in his Tibetan homeland.

Earlier this month, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited Arunachal Pradesh, sparking a protest from China. Beijing said it was "strongly dissatisfied" with the visit.

Beijing claims sovereignty over Arunachal Pradesh, while New Delhi calls it an integral part of India.

China and India fought a brief war in 1962, partly over Arunachal Pradesh. Trade between the two countries has since flourished, but their border disputes remain unresolved after 13 rounds of negotiations, the most recent of which were in August.

India also lays claim to part of China's Tibetan Autonomous Region, saying the disputed territory belongs to the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.