China has issued a warning to the Glastonbury Festival organisers over their booking of the Dalai Lama. The Tibetan spiritual leader is to give a talk at this weekend's festival to promote a message of "compassion, non-violence and the oneness of humanity."

Dalai LamaDalai Lama's booking at the Glastonbury Festival has caused a stir in China

However, officials in China have warned that the Eavises' booking is tantamount to offering the Dalai Lama a platform to "engage in anti-China splittist activities," Reuters reports. The leader is not scheduled to meet with officials in Britain, though China nevertheless is concerned that he may be intent on promoting his wish for an autonomous Tibet in the UK.

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Organiser Emily Eavis said she is "honoured" to welcome the head monk of Tibetan Buddhism, though China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the country is firmly against the "international scuttling about of the 14th Dalai Lama to serve his political aims."

"China resolutely opposes any country, organisation, body or individual giving any kind of platform to the 14th Dalai Lama to engage in anti-China splittist activities," he said at his daily news briefing.

The Dalai Lama fled India in 1959 after fearing for his life in the wake of an uprising against Chinese rule in Tibet. Protestors at Glastonbury are expected to demonstrate against his alleged religious persecution and human rights abuses.

This isn't the first time that the UK has been in hot water on the Dalai Lama's travels. In 2012, Prime Minister David Cameron was forced to delay a trip to China after Beijing became angered over his meeting with the monk.

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