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Shocking Facts: Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal will hit ties with India, Proclaims Chinese Media

  • Sukanya Iyer
  • March 10, 2017
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The Dalai Lama is a Monk of the Gelug or “Yellow Hat”, school of Tibetan Buddhism, the newest of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism founded by Je Tsongkhapa. The 14th and current Dalai Lama is Tenzin Gyatso. The Dalai Lama was an important figure of the Geluk tradition. Although finding dominance in central Tibet, the Dalai Lama was an important figure beyond sectarian boundaries. The Dalai Lama figure was important for many reasons. He was a symbol of unification of the state of Tibet, where he represented Buddhist Values and traditions.  The Tibetan word “Lama” corresponds to the better-known Sanskrit word “Guru”. The Dalai Lama office was an institution created to benefit of others.

Why there are differences of Opinion between Dalai Lama & People Republic of China?

The Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has claimed the power to approve the naming of “high reincarnations “in Tibet based on a precedent set by the Qianlong Emperor of the Qing Dynasty. The Qianlong Emperor instituted a system of selecting the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama by a lottery that used a Golden Urn with names wrapped in clumps of Barley. This method was used a few times for both positions during the 19th century, but eventually fell into disuse. In 1995, Dalai Lama chose to proceed with the selection of the 11th reincarnation of the Panchen Lama without the use of Golden Urn, while the Chinese Government insisted that it must be used. This was the reason the differences of opinion between two rival Panchen Lamas: Gyaincain Norbu as chosen by the Chinese Government’s Process, and Gedhun Choekyi Nyima as chosen by Dalai Lama. In response to this scenario, the representative of 14th Dalai Lama, replied that the Chinese Government’s selection would be meaningless.

You can’t impose an Imam, an Archbishop, saints, any religion… you can’t politically impose these things on People”, said Wangdi. “It has to be a decision of the followers of that tradition. Usage of Political force is meaningless to select a religious leader.” The 14th Dalai Lama said early as 1969 that it was for the Tibetans to decide whether the institution of Dalai Lama Should continue or not. But According to China Government, “the 14th Dalai Lama is by no means a spiritual leader but a Tibetan Separatist”. These are the reasons between Dalai Lama & China and thereby China warning India it would damage ties severely.

China says Dalai Lama Tawang visit would damage India ties severely

Beijing has asked the Indian Government to avoid offering a state for the Dalai Lama to carry out Anti—China separatist activities. China is “Warning of Severe Damage”, to relations with India and increased regional instability if exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama proceeds with a visit to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh along their still—unsettled border. Beijing has expressed its concerns to New Delhi on numerous occasions and urged India to “avoid offering a state for the Dalai Lama to carry out anti-china separatist activities, “foreign ministry spokesperson Gengshuang said at a daily briefing.

The highest figure in Tibetan Buddhism is to visit Tawang in April. China claims the partly ethnically Tibetan Himalayas state as its own territory and the frontier between the two nuclear-armed Asian giants remains tense more than 50 years after they fought a brief but bloody border war high in the peaks.

Now Let’s see What does China claim?

China claims about 90,000 kilometers in Arunachal Pradesh, referred to informally by some Chinese as “Southern Tibet”. India says China is occupying 38,000 square Kilometers (15,000 square miles) of its territory on the Aksai Chin Plateau. More than a dozen rounds of talks have failed to make substantial progress on the dispute, although there have been relatively few confrontations in recent years. The Dalai Lama fled into exile in India after a failed anti—Chinese uprising in 1959. He last visited Arunachal Pradesh in 2009 and while China protested the trip, there was no major impact on relations with India.

Dai-Bingguo, right who served as the China’s boundary negotiator with India from 2003 to2013 during a meeting with India’s former national Security Adviser Shivshanker Menon in New Delhi, he said “Concession on Tawang can resolve India- China border dispute: Dai Bingguo

Indian officials have dismissed Dai Bingguo’s suggestion as impractical and impossible as Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of the country.

Let’s see What does Beijing claim?

The border dispute between china and India can be resolved if New Delhi accepts Beijing’s claim over strategically vital Tawang region in Arunachal Pradesh, China’s former top diplomat has said, but Indian officials dismissed it as neither practical nor possible. Dai Bingguo, who served as the China’s boundary negotiator with India from 2003 to 2013, told Chinese media, If the Indian side takes care of China’s concerns in the eastern sector of their border, the Chinese side will respond accordingly and address India’s concerns elsewhere”. Dai told the China-India Dialogue Magazine.

Dai, regarded as a wily negotiator, did not specify where China is willing to make a concession along with the 3,488 Km long Line of Actual Control (LAC). He also did not specify this in the book he wrote in Chinese language on the border talks.

On March 3rd, 2017, Beijing Published:

China said ties with India would be hit if New Delhi allowed The Dalai Lama to Visit Arunachal Pradesh. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said Beijing was concerned over India permitting the Tibetan spiritual leader to visit the North-Eastern state of India. Geng said India knew the sensitivity of the border issue between both countries and allowing the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh would damage ties with China. Besides, it accuses Dalai Lama as Separatist for Tibet. In December 2016, China expressed concern over President Pranab Mukherjee hosting the Tibetan spiritual leader.

In October 2016, China slammed India for letting US Envoy Richard Verma attend a festival at Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.

All the above reaction comes by China after India said the Dalai Lama was free to travel to any part of the country and Arunachal Pradesh was no exception. The Tibetan spiritual leader is likely to visit the NorthEastern State bordering China early next year. Arunachal Pradesh is claimed by China, which calls it South Tibet. China has accused the Dalai Lama of secessionist activities in Tibet. He has been living in self- imposed exile in India since 1959.

“The Dalai Clique is engaged in anti-China separatist activity and has very disgraceful behaviour on issues relating to China –India boundary question” he said.

“The Indian side is well aware of the severity of the Dalai Lama issue as well as the sensitivity of the China -India boundary question”. Kang Said China expected India always to honour its political commitment regarding Tibet.

When US Ambassador to India, Richard Verma visited Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, reacted angrily.  Beijing had warned Washington not to meddle in the border dispute between India and China.

The warning also suggests the visit, scheduled for early April, could become a source of tensions in relations in coming weeks, will add further tensions in relationships adding further strains to ties tested this past year over continuous issues such as the sanctioning of Masood Azhar and India’s entry to the Nuclear Suppliers Group. Both countries held a high-level strategic dialogue in Beijing on February to address the tensions in the relationship.

India clarified about Dalai Lama’s visit not a Political Motive—

India has however further clarified on several occasions that the Dalai Lama is travelling as a religious leader to a region where he has wide following and there is nothing political about the visit. Moreover, the Dalai Lama, has relinquished his political title, with that position now in the hands of Sikyong Lobsang Sangay. Further, India has also clarified that Dalai Lama is an honoured guest of India and a Democratic Government cannot curb his rights to travel anywhere in Indian territory.

“For a long time, some Indians have considered the Dalai Lama as a strategic asset”, the paper added. “They believe that India could gain many benefits by using the Dalai issue as leverage. For Instance, making an issue of the Dalai Lama could serve as a leverage.  They are trying to Politicize the issue of Dalai Lama visit to Arunachal Pradesh.

As I conclude I feel The Dalai Lama fled into exile in India after a failed anti-Chinese uprising in 1959. When he visited Arunachal Pradesh in 2009, and while China protested the trip, there was no major impact then at that time relations continued, these warnings will not deter us to allow Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh. I again reiterate there will be no disintegration of states but only an Integral Part of India. I have given my views in the above analysis with Limited Knoweldge & expertise, your views are most welcome as valuable input for improving my skill sets. This video link will give you a clear insight into this Provocation of China’s ties to India & a befitting reply to China on Dalai Lama’s Visit to Arunachal Pradesh.

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