Dalai Lama’s proposed Arunachal Pradesh visit may irk China: Here’s why

The Indian government has stood with the Tibetans, a stand that has irked China consistently and has prompted the latter to increase tensions along the Sino-India border on multiple occasions.

Written by Kanishka Singh | New Delhi | Updated: October 27, 2016 7:27 pm
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The Dalai Lama seems set to visit India’s northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh next year, but the move has raised eyebrows in Beijing and there is a possibility of fresh confrontation arising between India and China, which the latter claims to be a disputed territory between the two countries. The government cleared the Dalai Lama’s fortnight-long visit to the state where he will visit Tawang, Itanagar and other eastern sections of the state. In the past there has been heavy militarisation on the Chinese side of the border. This practice is seen each time India and China disagree on an issue on the international stage.

India recently hosted US Ambassador Richard Verma in the state but China had shown great opposition to his visit and India insisted that it will act as it deemed fit since the state is an integral part of the country. India’s closeness to the US has put China on guard and it seems to be on the edge when it comes to its territorial or diplomatic disputes.

The Dalai Lama had planned to visit the state in 2009 as well but that visit had to be dropped due to opposition from China and chances of increasing diplomatic hostilities transcending to the Indo-China borders.

The Dalai Lama had fled China in 1959 and sought political asylum in India. He has mostly stayed at his sanctuary in Dharamsala along with the Tibetan Government in Exile. India has a long spiritual connection with the Tibetan people and the Dalai Lama has played a large role in global humanitarian and peacekeeping negotiations.

The Indian government has stood with the Tibetans, a stand that has irked China consistently and has prompted the latter to increase tensions along the Sino-India border on multiple occasions.

Members of the Chinese government are expected to visit India soon including Yang Jiechi, the state councillor for China. The talks may end up on the topic of Tibet and Arunachal as well. Though India has remained adamant that it will not be bullied on territorial matters by China, extended amnesty to the Dalai Lama isn’t something Chinese aggression can take away. However, the situation seems to be heading to a standoff again, most likely on the diplomatic stage.

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    Varun Chaitwal
    Oct 30, 2016 at 3:02 pm
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    Asoka Sen
    Oct 27, 2016 at 12:08 pm
    India should allow the Dalai Lama visit and not think of canceling it. We should stand tough and face the bully. The Chinese should know that 1962 cannot be repeated again.
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    Vincent Chin
    Oct 29, 2016 at 9:49 am
    Buddhism doesn't belong to anybody to give.
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    Vincent Chin
    Oct 28, 2016 at 11:34 am
    India is a showcase of hypocrisy of the highest order. Ignorant Indians are always asking for Tibet independence but unwittingly, they are occupying Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh or South Tibet. Tawang town is the sacred birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama,Tsangyang Gyatso. By their own reasoning and logic, India should free Tibet and not occupy Arunachal Pradesh immediately. This is a clic case of Indian double speak and hypocrisy. No wonder stan and its neighbours don't trust India. The Dalai Lama should first and foremost stand up and fight for the freedom of Arunachal Pradesh to proof he's not a traitor and a hypocrite before negotiating Tibet's autonomy with China.
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    Bir Chilarai
    Oct 28, 2016 at 4:50 pm
    Buddhism is an Indian religion which we gave to Tibet and you also. But you sound as ungrateful and crude as the rest of your nation of spoiled single-children. We (and the rest of the world) can't even imagine what it is like for an entire country to grow up not knowing what it is like to have a sibling. No wonder you guys act like a bunch of low-IQ children.
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    Bir Chilarai
    Oct 28, 2016 at 4:45 pm
    How much sense does it make to host the Tibetan Government in Exile with a Tibetan Prime Minister and still show Tibet as part of China? We should invite Chinese pro-democracy activists to meet with him in Tawang and clearly demarcate Tibet in our maps. There's not much left for our ties to be damaged.
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    G k
    Oct 27, 2016 at 12:15 pm
    India shares borders with Tibet and not with China. Whatever dispute it has is with Tibet and not china. The international community and India could not help Tibet because it's proximity to China and difficult access from India.
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    Oct 27, 2016 at 11:09 am
    Kick the Chinese where it will hurt the most
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