The Chinese Foreign Ministry has reaffirmed its strong dissatisfaction with India for allowing Tibet's exiled spiritual leader to visit a region also claimed by China.
On Tuesday China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang protested the Dalai Lama's visit to northeastern India's disputed Arunachal Pradesh state. He added that the Dalai Lama's trip "fully exposed" what he called the spiritual leader's "separatist nature."
The Dalai Lama has addressed tens of thousands of followers on grounds near the Tawang monastery, near India's frontier with Chinese-controlled Tibet. More than 30,000 devotees gathered to hear him Monday as he began three days of religious teaching.
The Dalai Lama told the crowd that "compassion and peace" are the two words that all people should remember.China has strongly objected to any visit to Arunachal Pradesh by the Dalai Lama, saying he intends to stir up anti-China sentiments. India has dismissed China's objection.
After arriving in Tawang Sunday, the Dalai Lama told several Indian reporters that China's accusations are "totally baseless."
Indian authorities clamped down further on media access to the Dalai Lama Monday, asking journalists to refrain from posing any more questions to him for the remainder of his visit.
India already had barred foreign journalists from traveling to Arunachal Pradesh to cover the trip.
The U.S. State Department said Monday that Washington views the Dalai Lama as an internationally-respected religious figure who has a right to go wherever he wants and talk to whomever he chooses.
The 74-year old Nobel Peace Prize laureate took refuge in Tawang in 1959 after fleeing a failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule. On Sunday, he recalled that he was mentally and physically weak at that time and described his memories as emotional.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.