Chinese state-run publication on April 5 claimed that India is using the Dalai Lama as a diplomatic leverage to challenge China’s ‘bottom line’. This came after minister of state for home affairs Kiran Rijiju asked China not to interfere in the internal matters of India.
Rijiju said, India never interfered in Beijing’s affairs, has respected the “One China” policy, so China should not interfere in India’s internal affairs. “There is no political angle behind his holiness’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh. It is completely religious”, he said.
However, China said that India’s request is “absurd”. “The Dalai Lama has long been active in anti-China separatist activities under the guise of religion. New Delhi inviting the Dalai Lama to sensitive region gravely damages the China-India relationship”, the daily said.
“New Delhi may have underestimated Beijing’s determination to safeguard its core interests. Many countries have pledged not to extend invitations to the Dalai Lama. As the two largest emerging economies, China and India have great potential for cooperation,” warned the daily publication.
“Unlike his predecessors, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to have taken a different stance on the Dalai issue, raising public engagements with the monk and challenging Beijing’s bottom line,” it added.
The state-run media said that India is using the Dalai Lama’s visit to Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh to upset China and India should deliver their political commitments on Tibet-related issues.
Despite constant, objection of China, the 14th Dalai Lama has reached Arunachal Pradesh and held a preaching session in Bomdila on April 4. He arrived by road due to bad weather. The spiritual leader was accompanied by CM Khandu and high-ranking police and civil officials.