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Dalai Lama riff delays India-China talks

2011-11-27 19:03

New Delhi - A representative of the Dalai Lama has asked China not to politicise a religious congregation in New Delhi at which the Tibetan spiritual leader is to speak.

Tempa Tshering's comment on Sunday comes as Indian newspapers report that India has postponed talks with China on a border dispute because of Beijing's demand that India stop the Dalai Lama from addressing the Buddhist conference.

Tshering says the conference should not be used by any nation for political purposes.

Beijing apparently fears that the conference, which has the support of India's External Affairs Ministry, could be used by Tibetans as a platform for criticising Chinese rule over Tibet.