New Delhi: With media speculations rife about Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama visiting Taiwan, China has issued a warning to the country protesting the visit of the exiled Tibetan religious leader.

China on Tuesday warned the Taiwan government against allowing the exiled leader into the country who China regards as a separatist. Albeit the Dalai Lama has been refused a visa into Taiwan multiple times since 2009 by the then president Ma Ying, his new counterpart Tsai Ing-wen has not announced whether Taiwan would invite the 80-year-old leader or not.

The Tibetan leader has been invited by Freddy Kim, one of Taiwan’s famous singers and a vehement critic of China.

Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said, “The intention of some forces in Taiwan to collude with separatists seeking ‘Tibet independence’ and to create disturbances will have a severe impact on relations across the Taiwan Strait. We firmly oppose any form of visit to Taiwan by the Dalai Lama.”

A recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, the Dalai Lama is a spiritual leader of the Tibetan people who fled into exile in India in 1959 after China’s invasion.