Arunachal Pradesh: Dalai Lama’s expected visit to Arunachal widens India and China’s ties

Arunachal Pradesh: Dalai Lama’s expected visit to Arunachal widens India and China’s ties

March 7: China is publicly blaming the Indian government of encouraging the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh in the coming weeks in the hope of drawing political advantage from it.

"Leveraging the Dalai Lama issue to undermine Beijing's core interests risks dragging the two countries into a state of hostility," a commentary in Global Times, which is controlled by the Communist Party said today.

Last Friday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that Dalai Lama's visit would complicate the India-China boundary dispute and effect relationship between the two countries.

This shows that Beijing has exhausted diplomatic avenues and concluded that India cannot be persuaded to stop the Tibetan leader from visiting the area. China is apparently engaging in a public relations battle to put pressure on New Delhi by trying to get the issue covered in the Indian media.

There are signs India is in no mood to budge from its earlier stand that the Tibetan leader is free to visit any part of India. China claims ownership of Arunachal Pradesh although it has always been a part of India.

The Global Times commentary said that Indians "overestimate the political value of the Dalai Lama and his group while miscalculating China's determination to safeguard its core interests".

It is unclear why China is getting so worked up over the issue if it regards the Tibetan leader of little value.

Source: Times of India

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