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Dalai Lama visit draws thousands

November 08, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Thousands of devout Buddhists poured into a remote mountain town in India's northeast, arriving in packed trucks or on foot after trekking for miles along narrow paths for a rare chance to get a glimpse of the Dalai Lama.

The Tibetan spiritual leader's weeklong visit to Tawang, in Arunachal Pradesh state near the Chinese border, has been mired in a diplomatic squabble, highlighting the growing friction between Beijing and New Delhi as the two nuclear-armed giants vie for economic and political power.

The nations have been embroiled in a dispute over Arunachal Pradesh since 1962, and China has decried the visit and demanded that it be stopped.

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