Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Dalai Lama's visit negatively impacts border dispute: China

Dalai Lama's visit negatively impacts border dispute: China

But they have lately taken on an icy chill, with Chinese leaders furious over the Dalai Lama's visit to the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as its own.

Annoyed with Dalai Lama's recent Arunachal visit, a report in China Daily described the spiritual leader as "troublemaker". The Dalai Lama said on his controversial tour that "Tibet is a part of China but needs more development". He also said the "some specific Indian official" had indulged in provocative political statement but did not name Pema Khandu. "This shows activity by Dalai Lama has exceeded so called scope of religious activities".

Lu said the Dalai Lama's "disgraceful performance" will "have negative impact on proper settlement of the territorial dispute between India and China".

Lu said China will take "further action" to safeguard its sovereignty.

"He just hopes to add weight to his identity as a "son of India" by selling the territory to India this time, ignoring the trouble he is making for the settlement of China-India border issues, regional peace and stability", the paper said.

China claims Arunachal Pradesh as South Tibet, and describes the 81-year-old Dalai Lama as a unsafe separatist.

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In remarks bound to anger China, the Indian chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Pema Khandu, told Reuters on April 5 that he regarded the land on the other side of the border as Tibet, not China.

The question of who will replace the 81-year-old spiritual leader has gained prominence with Beijing having asserted that its communist leaders have the right to approve the next Dalai Lama as a legacy inherited from China's emperors.

While China is militarily and economically strong and many world governments think twice before antagonising China on any count, nevertheless the fact remains that the world knows that China's position on Tibet is unjustifiable and unacceptable.

"We have already reached important consensus of resolving the boundary dispute through negotiations and consultations". It is Delhi's way of letting Beijing know that the latter's machinations on issues that deeply matter to India internationally have not only been lost on the government but may even be prompting a not-so-subtle counter. He also attacked the Chinese government on Tibet related issue and advocated political view on splitting China. Left to Beijing, Arunachal Pradesh being part of China is a no-contest claim.

He has visited Arunachal Pradesh six times in the last eight years. The Tawang speech is the Dalai Lama's way "of getting under the skin of the Chinese, of probing them, and reminding them that they have no control over where the next reincarnation occurs", said historian Robert Barnett of Columbia University.

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