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The Dalai Lama consecrates monastery in India's northeast

  • Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama performs a ritual before teachings at the Buddha Park in Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh, India, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. China criticized India on Wednesday for allowing the Dalai Lama to visit the disputed border region, saying it did not consider the matter a purely internal Indian affair and warning it would damage bilateral relations. India said Tuesday that China should not interfere in its domestic issues, as the Dalai Lama began a weeklong visit to Arunachal Pradesh in India's remote northeast. ( AP Photo/ Tenzin Choejor)

    Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama performs a ritual before teachings at the Buddha Park in Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh, India, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. China criticized India on Wednesday for allowing the Dalai Lama to visit the disputed border region, saying it did not consider the matter a purely internal Indian affair and warning it would damage bilateral relations. India said Tuesday that China should not interfere in its domestic issues, as the Dalai Lama began a weeklong visit to Arunachal Pradesh in India's remote northeast. ( AP Photo/ Tenzin Choejor)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama greets devotees at the Buddha Park in Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh, India, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. China criticized India on Wednesday for allowing the Dalai Lama to visit the disputed border region, saying it did not consider the matter a purely internal Indian affair and warning it would damage bilateral relations. India said Tuesday that China should not interfere in its domestic issues, as the Dalai Lama began a weeklong visit to Arunachal Pradesh in India's remote northeast. ( AP Photo/ Tenzin Choejor)

    Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama greets devotees at the Buddha Park in Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh, India, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. China criticized India on Wednesday for allowing the Dalai Lama to visit the disputed border region, saying it did not consider the matter a purely internal Indian affair and warning it would damage bilateral relations. India said Tuesday that China should not interfere in its domestic issues, as the Dalai Lama began a weeklong visit to Arunachal Pradesh in India's remote northeast. ( AP Photo/ Tenzin Choejor)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, talks to the media after consecrating the Thupsung Dhargyeling Monastery in Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh, India, Thursday, April 6, 2017. The Dalai Lama consecrated the Buddhist monastery on Thursday in India's remote northeast, amid Chinese warnings that the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader's visit to the disputed border region would damage bilateral relations with India. (AP Photo/ Tenzin Choejor)

    Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, talks to the media after consecrating the Thupsung Dhargyeling Monastery in Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh, India, Thursday, April 6, 2017. The Dalai Lama consecrated the Buddhist monastery on Thursday in India's remote northeast, amid Chinese warnings that the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader's visit to the disputed border region would damage bilateral relations with India. (AP Photo/ Tenzin Choejor)  (The Associated Press)

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has consecrated a Buddhist monastery for religious purposes in India's remote northeast, ignoring Chinese warning that his visit to a disputed border region would damage bilateral relations with India.

Indian official Jemba Tshering says nearly 10,000 people, some of them from neighboring Bhutan, greeted the Dalai Lama on Thursday at the Thubchok Gatsel Ling Monastery in Tawang district in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. China considers Arunachal Pradesh as its own territory.

The Dalai Lama's website said he separately addressed young monks and a study group. The Indian governor and the top elected official of Arunachal Pradesh accompanied him.