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China criticises Dalai Lama

Beijing -

China has criticised the Dalai Lama over his comments on an island dispute and accusations that Beijing is not doing enough to stop a wave of self-immolations among Tibetans.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters on Monday that the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader was associating himself with Japanese right-wingers to oppose China. That followed his use of the Japanese name for an island group claimed by both China and Japan.

Hong also accused the Dalai Lama of glorifying the self-immolations, the latest of which took place Saturday.

In his comments Monday in Japan, the Dalai Lama reportedly blamed Beijing for not investigating the root cause of despair and hopelessness among Tibetans that many say is prompting them to take their lives as a form of protest. - Sapa-AP

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