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CHENNAI, India — New Delhi recently allowed Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, to visit the Buddhist monastery town of Tawang in India’s northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. This region, which lies on the Indo-Tibetan border, has long been claimed by China as its own — or at least parts of it, and most certainly Tawang.

Beijing calls Arunachal “Southern Tibet,” and for many years India did not let the Dalai Lama visit Tawang. It relented this time over bitter protests by China.

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