Don't meddle in our internal policies, India tells China

Miranda GreerApr 06, 2017

The Dalai Lama on Wednesday accused Chinese politicians of narrow-mindedness for the controversy between India and China over his visit to a northeastern Indian state disputed by New Delhi and Beijing.

The Tibetan spiritual leader was greeted by cheering supporters as he arrived in the partly ethnically Tibetan Himalayan state that China claims as its own territory.

China also said that Dalai Lama's visit has caused serious damage to bilateral ties between the two countries. It said: "China has never thought of making trouble for India, and is handling these issues in accordance with global practices and United Nations regulations".

Hua also rejected Minister of State (Home) Kiren Rijiju's remarks that the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh was "purely religious" and not political.

India seems to hold a different view.

He warned that Beijing could take steps against any government that invites the Dalai Lama. In fact, China has objected to even the Indian President, Prime Minister or Defence Minister's visit to the State, which Beijing claims as part of Tibet. While the U.S. under Barack Obama and his successor Donald Trump have not entertained Beijing much, the issues related to the dispute in the South China Sea and over North Korea's nuclear belligerence have also put it in a spot internationally.

The security sources said that Ulfa chairman Abhizeet Asom's statement was framed and dictated by China.

But Indian and Chinese officials told The Telegraph that they did expect the Dalai Lama's visit - his seventh to the state - to escalate bilateral tensions at a time the countries are already locked in serial spats ranging from New Delhi's nuclear ambitions to terrorism. While India tries to use Buddhist soft power as a diplomatic tool, one need only look at how quickly the Mongolians regretted their welcome of the Dalai Lama in November 2016.

When asked for its reaction, the Ministry of External Affairs in Delhi referred to its statement a day earlier.

"We demand the Indian side immediately stop wrong actions, not hype up sensitive issues and take concrete steps to safeguard growth of India-China relations", said Hua Chunying, spokesperson for the ministry of foreign affairs.

Later, the Chinese side lodged a protest with Indian Ambassador Vijay Gokhale in Beijing over the Dalai Lama's visit.

India and Tibet share close cultural and religious ties and the Dalai Lama has regularly affirmed India's sovereignty over the entirety of Arunachal Pradesh, including areas the Chinese government labels "south Tibet". "Using such pressure tactics, which go against China's core interests, is in the opposite direction", Wang said.

"China's stand on the eastern part of the borders is consistent and clear".

For one, China knows very well that its relation with India in the second decade of the 21 century is no more dominated by symbolic issues like Tibet.

Related Articles:



« Previous article
Next article »


Popular Pages

Hong Kong chooses new Beijing-backed leader amid political tension
Speaking outside the police station Monday night, Chan said the prosecutions would not deter the fight for democracy. Tsang, in contrast, is popular because of his easygoing persona and use of social media.

Prosecutors: Facebook assault victim was threatened with dog
Gardner said that both boys, identified from stills of the video, admitted to others that they had sexually assaulted the girl. Police continue to search for others involved in the attack, which took place in the Lawndale neighborhood.

Trump to end support for UN Population Fund over abortions
Starting in 1979, China had a "one-child policy" enforced in many cases with state-mandated abortions. President Clinton restored the funding in 1993, before President George W.

AP findings on Trump associate's work for Russian oligarch
Now, as the focus on Manafort's ties to Russian Federation increases, descriptions of his place in the campaign have shrunk. Mr Manafort confirmed that he worked for Mr Deripaska but said the work was being unfairly cast as inappropriate.

YouTube's live TV service is now available in select markets
We'll have more first impressions of YouTube TV, including how it stacks up next to the services from the other guys, soon. And you're still getting all popular channels on cable in addition to local CBS, NBC, FOX, and ABC stations.

Guerra is put on Brewers' DL - Los Angeles Times
Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (5-6, 3.54 ERA in 2016) makes his debut after compiling a 4.08 ERA in six spring training starts. Left-hander Tommy Milone took over for Guerra in the fourth and allowed the Rockies to double the margin with three hits.

EC issuing political statement on EVM tampering: AAP
He also reiterated the demand for use of traditional method of ballot papers in all future elections till the time the doubts about EVMs are not cleared.

UK woman who urinated on Trump golf course loses case
A greenkeeper denied filming Beyts but said he took photos because he thought she was committing a "criminal act". A worker had, she claimed, "secretly filmed" her urinating when she was caught short at the Menie estate course.

Raiders headed to Vegas
It was Jones who brought in Bank of America to help finance the deal when other banks and investors bailed on Davis. This week, in fact, Raiders owner Mark Davis told ESPN the team would " seriously consider it " if "they want us".

Trump defends Fox News host O'Reilly as 'good person'
Ailes, who has denied all of the allegations against him, was forced to resign from Fox News just one week after that interview . Trump said that he didn't think O'Reilly should have settled with the women involved.