Taking exception to MoS Home Kiren Rijiju’s remarks that Arunachal Pradesh was “an inseparable part of India”, the China Daily and Global Times editorials stated using Dalai Lama as a tool against China for its veto against India in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and UN ban on JeM chief Masood Azhar was wrong.
“With a GDP several times higher than that of India and military power that can reach up to the Indian Ocean, if China engages in a geopolitical game with India, will Beijing lose to New Delhi?” said the Global Times.
“Before this trip, the Dalai Lama was received by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee. At a time when he was given the cold shoulder in many places of the world, New Delhi is treating him as a favourite,” it said.
An editorial said, “Tibet is a part of the Chinese territory no matter whether New Delhi agrees or not. Should Rijjiju have any questions regarding the status of Southern Tibet, he can consult the historical archives. Justifying Indian control over Southern Tibet is legally untenable.”
At present, the Dalai Lama is on a nine-day visit to Arunachal Pradesh. “The Dalai Lama has been to the region before, but what makes this trip different is that he is received and accompanied by Rijiju.