New Delhi: In a move which can attract criticism from China, Dalai Lama will be visiting Arunachal Pradesh in March next year. The Centre on Thursday confirmed the Tibetan spiritual leader’s visit.

“There is no bar on Dalai Lama visiting any place in India, hence Arunachal visit in March next year is technically not a problem.”

Dalai Lama was invited by Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Prema Khandu on October 9.

“The Dalai Lama has been invited to Arunachal Pradesh for a fortnight-long visit during March 2017, when he is expected to visit Tawang, Itanagar and the eastern districts of the state,” official sources said.

The announcement comes days after China had protested US envoy Richard Verma’s visit to Tawang on October 21 for the Tawang festival.

China has been claiming that Arunachal is its part, particularly the Tawang region.