India will pay ‘dearly’ if it plays Dalai Lama card, warns Chinese media

The Chinese move came days after Beijing lodged strong protests with India over the Dalai Lama's visit to the frontier state.

By: PTI | Beijing | Published:April 21, 2017 2:13 pm
 India, China, India-China relations, Dalai Lama, Arunachal Pradesh, south tibet, tibet, india map, china-standardised names, world news, india news, indian express The Dalai Lama at a monastery in Bomdila. (Source: Reuters)

India will pay “dearly” if it continues the “petty game” of playing the Dalai Lama card, Chinese media warned on Friday, dismissing as “absurd” New Delhi’s reaction to Beijing renaming six places in Arunachal Pradesh. Referring to allegations that it was “silly for China” not to have names for various counties and inventing them for six places in Arunachal Pradesh, an op-ed article in the state-run Global Times said “these comments are absurd”.

“It is time for India to do some serious thinking over why China announced the standardised names in South Tibet at this time,” the article titled ‘India playing Dalai card worsens territorial spats with China’ said. The daily said “playing the Dalai Lama card” was never a wise choice for New Delhi.

“If India wants to continue this petty game, it will only end up in playing dearly for it,” the daily said. “South Tibet (Arunachal Pradesh) is historically part of China and name of the places there is part of the local ethnic culture. It is legitimate for the Chinese government to standardise the names of the places,” it said.

China claims Arunachal Pradesh as ‘South Tibet’. China on April 19 announced that it has “standardised” official names for six places in the northeastern state and termed the provocative move as a “legitimate action”.

The Chinese move came days after Beijing lodged strong protests with India over the Dalai Lama’s visit to the frontier state.

India yesterday hit out at China for giving Chinese names to six areas of Arunachal Pradesh, saying assigning invented names to towns of the neighbour does not make illegal territorial claims legal.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay also asserted that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India.

Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Lu Kang said earlier that Chinese government is conducting the second nationwide survey on geographical names, “an important task to standardise the geographical names in the languages of ethnic minority groups.”

He also said more standardised names will be announced later. “In the next step, we will also step up our study of those names in Tibetan ethnic languages and in the next step we will announce more standardisation of these names,” he said.

Highlighting China’s stand on the border dispute, the Global Times said, “China has been making efforts to solve the territorial disputes with India, but over the past decades, India has not only increased migration to the disputed area and boosted its military construction there, but it also named Arunachal Pradesh, China’s South Tibet, as a formal state of India in 1987.”

“Putting the Dalai Lama into its toolbox against China is another trick played by New Delhi lately. New Delhi would be too ingenuous to believe that the region belongs to India simply because the Dalai Lama says so,” it said.

“India seems to have become trapped in its stubbornness to measure its strength with China. But territorial disputes cannot be settled by comparing which side is stronger or which country has more leverage. Otherwise, there is no need for Beijing to sit down with New Delhi at the negotiating table,” it said in an apparent reference to 19 rounds of India-China boundary talks.

The India-China border dispute covers the 3,488 km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC). While China claims Arunachal Pradesh as South Tibet, India asserts that the dispute covers Aksai Chin area which was occupied by China during the 1962 war.

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    sdas
    Apr 21, 2017 at 7:25 pm
    Empty vessels make the most noise.
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      MyTake
      Apr 21, 2017 at 5:22 pm
      Obviously China for some reason is getting rattled and behaving like a raby attacked dog like its Talibani student Pak! God knows what is in store for Pak as it has surrendered w some to New East India Company (East of India En y)!
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        Satender Bansal
        Apr 21, 2017 at 5:12 pm
        China will pay ‘dearly’ if it plays AZAR card, warns Indian people
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          Bharat
          Apr 21, 2017 at 5:08 pm
          Better rename the $50Billion annual Trade surplus with India as well then....
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            yousef
            Apr 21, 2017 at 4:57 pm
            To make things more interesting and settle this dispute, India needs to announce renaming of China as Buddhadesh in all its official do ents.
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              Amit Patel
              Apr 21, 2017 at 4:39 pm
              A list of British , USA, Chinese company list. boycott also these companies. : www.finemergia /list-of-foreign-companies-listed-in-india
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                Amit Patel
                Apr 21, 2017 at 4:36 pm
                British paint is giving more ads on Delhi Metro. Remove it from home and walls.
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                  Amit Patel
                  Apr 21, 2017 at 4:35 pm
                  Boycott every item that is non-indian like Hindustan Unilever Limited Product. P&G (Procter and Gamble Product), 50 stake British owned Tanishq jewels, Chinese product along with USA and British Product also. A list of HUL (Hindustan Unilever Limited ) British Company list. Lifeboy, Sunsilk, Dove, Liril, Rexona, For other product search internet or wait for more I can give list here.
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                    shiva
                    Apr 21, 2017 at 4:34 pm
                    still nothing change in the ground. Tibetan people will one day rise up to merge with India and Tibet will be named buddhanagar
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                      Binay
                      Apr 21, 2017 at 4:21 pm
                      Seems something rankles China when Arunachal Pradesh or Dalai Lama is mentioned. Are the Chinese afraid?
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                        Valentin C
                        Apr 21, 2017 at 4:16 pm
                        Another instance of Chinese petty mindedness. Let India start renaming parts of Aksai Chin. After all, it was once part of India, until it was forcibly occupied by China.
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                          Deep
                          Apr 21, 2017 at 4:15 pm
                          Indians must stop buying Chinese products. We are feeding a monster that wants to eat us.
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                            Navin Diwan
                            Apr 21, 2017 at 4:14 pm
                            Get ride of all double standards Times have changed. Any move to curtail movement of any peace loving individual will set forces much bigger to thwart any such attempt.
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                              Indian
                              Apr 21, 2017 at 4:07 pm
                              A Nuclear Capable India with Suitable delivery system is not the NEHRUVIAN India of 1960 nor is the Indian Govt of Mr Manmohan Singh Ms Sonia of CONgress but is of Mr MODI led BJP. ................... BUZZ OFF CHINA ............... India should stop import of all CHINESE RIF-RAFF like Fire crackers, Curios, Cloth and such other nicknacks and also announce that INDIA will stop allowing IMPORT of all Chinese Made goods including Computer & Mobile handsets from 31 Dec 2020 ........... Hit China where it hurts.
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                                Girish Rao
                                Apr 21, 2017 at 3:24 pm
                                Chinese dragon tail is being stomped and it's puffing smoke. Who cares for them terrorist is noble and his holiness is a terrorist.
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                                  Lalit
                                  Apr 21, 2017 at 3:22 pm
                                  Well done India...Chinese media ( read state controlled) seems to have learnt a trick or two from their N Korean friends who know nothing other than bluster.Taiwan,Philippines, S Korea, an and Vietnaam besides India find themselves the victim of Chineses aggression.Time to give this country a taste of her own medicine.boycott every item made in China.
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                                    kris kumar
                                    Apr 21, 2017 at 3:12 pm
                                    Another cowardly threat from rouge and rattled China. China never stops giving warning to India. China 8s happy to go into POK even after Indian objection but cry foul when Dalai Lama visit Arunachal. Does India need to respond to this regular threat or just ignore it and see what they will do? China who invaded Tibet and stole it and now want to steal other countries land too. If not challenged now it will be hard to stop this dangerous war mongering and anti India China.
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                                      Indian
                                      Apr 21, 2017 at 2:57 pm
                                      China has grown too big for its boots. It is trying its best to brow beat each and every nation around it. But it must be made to understand that THERE IS NO CHINA BEYOND the GREAT WALL. It must free TIBET at the earliest. STOP BUYING CHINESE fake goods.
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                                        Madhu
                                        Apr 21, 2017 at 2:49 pm
                                        Right time, India should consider Tibet as independent country to nail Chinese hostile behaviour.
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                                          Ghajabiram
                                          Apr 21, 2017 at 2:48 pm
                                          If a tiny nation like N Korea can challenge, why does a large nation like us should be "scared" of this whining bully China
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                                            Santy
                                            Apr 21, 2017 at 2:28 pm
                                            Dragon is feeling the heat!!!!!! Give it right where it hurts and they will fall in line...
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