The official daily of China claimed that people of Arunachal Pradesh are not happy under India’s “illegal rule” while constant threats from the Chinese authorities continued even after The Dalai Lama’s Arunachal visit ended.
“Under India’s illegal rule, the residents of Southern Tibet (as China refers to Arunachal Pradesh) live difficult lives, face various kinds of discrimination, and look forward to returning to China,” the report in the daily read.
“The region was separated from China by the so-called McMahon Line in the early 1900s, a line the then foreign secretary of the British India, Henry McMahon, proposed as part of the Simla Accord, a treaty that was never validated,” the daily added.
China warned that Dalai Lama’s visit will have a negative impact on the settlement of the border dispute and said that they will take “further action” to safeguard its territorial sovereignty.
“China has lodged representations with the Indian side. We will take further action to safeguard the territorial sovereignty and national security,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said.
“The Dalai Lama’s disgraceful performance will have negative impact on proper settlement of the territorial dispute between India and China,” he added.
Amidst all the tension, the armies of the two countries held a border meeting along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh sector.
“The Ceremonial Border Personnel Meeting on the occasion of ‘Harvest Festival’ was conducted on April 10, 2017, at Indian Border Personnel Meeting hut in Chushul and at Indian Meeting Point Hut at Daulat Beg Oldi in Eastern Ladakh,” said a spokesperson of the Northern Command.
The Dalai Lama’s visit in Arunachal Pradesh ended on April 11. “Everything has gone well because of your faith and devotion—thank you. Be happy and take it easy. Of course, it’s in the nature of samara that things can go wrong, but when they do, look at them from a wider perspective and they won’t seem so bad. We’ll see each other again,” His Holiness the Dalai Lama told devotees in Tawang.
India claimed that The Spiritual Leader’s visit was completely religious.