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Dalai Lama Completes Public Teachings in Disputed Indian Region བོད་སྐད།


Tibet's exiled spiritual leader has ended three days of public religious teachings in a northeastern Indian region, in a visit that China has protested.

The Dalai Lama addressed thousands of his followers Wednesday in the town of Tawang in India's disputed Arunachal Pradesh state, a region also claimed by China.

On Tuesday, China reaffirmed its dissatisfaction with India for allowing the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh. Chinese officials said the spiritual leader's trip "fully exposed" what they called his "separatist nature."

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.

The Dalai Lama said Sunday that China's accusations are "totally baseless."

The U.S. State Department has said 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 winner 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, AP and Reuters.

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