China to defend its interests over Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal

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India, ChinaChina warned India on April 5 that it will take all necessary steps to defend its interests after India allowed Dalai Lama to visit disputed Arunachal Pradesh thereby damaging their relations.

Lodging a protest with India’s Ambassador in Beijing Vijay Gokhale. China said, “India by disregarding China’s concerns and arranging the Dalai Lama’s visit has damaged Indo-China ties and Chinese interests,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying.

“Unlike his predecessors, the India PM seems to have taken a different position on the issue. We demand that India stop using him (Dalai Lama) to damage Chinese interests and not play up sensitive issues between the duo,” he said. Chunying also said India runs the risk of escalating the dispute by facilitating the Dalai Lama’s visit.

While China claims Arunachal Pradesh as Southern Tibet, India said the state is an integral part of its territory and that China was creating an unnecessary row over Dalai Lama’s visit.

The Global Times, a state-run newspaper in China, stated, “New Delhi may have underestimated Beijing’s determination to safeguard its core interests…China doesn’t allow India to free ride on its economic growth while jeopardising Beijing’s core interests.”

It added India was upset over being kept out of the NSG and over Beijing blocking India’s attempts to have Pakistani terror group JeM chief Masood Azhar blacklisted by the UNSC.