Foreign Ministry says that the Dalai Lama’s Arunachal Pradesh visit will escalate border dispute

The row between India and China on the visit of the Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh spiralled with the Chinese Foreign Ministry asserting that the Tibetan leader’s visit to the State “will escalate the dispute in border areas.” China also lodged a protest with India’s Ambassador in Beijing.

About Arunachal Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh is at the heart of the Sino-Indian boundary dispute in the eastern sector.

The dispute in this zone is over territory south of the McMahon Line in Arunachal Pradesh, which includes Tawang which is on the Dalai Lama’s itinerary.

The McMahon Line was the result of the 1914 Simla Convention between British India and Tibet. When China acquired Tibet in 1951, it refused to recognise McMahon line.