China has warned India of severe consequences if it allows Spiriual leader Dalai Lama to visit arunachal Pradesh. The Chinese media too accused India of using the Dalai Lama card to deal with China’s growing economic and political influence in South Asia and warned New Delhi of “severe consequences” if it hosted the Tibetan spiritual leader in a “disputed” area in Arunachal Pradesh.
Chinese Government–run Global Times wrote that “Despite objections by China, India will host the Dalai Lama in a disputed region on the China-India border in coming weeks,” The comments came after the Chinese Foreign Ministry criticised India for allowing the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing claims as southern Tibet.
Indian Government granted Dalai Lama the permission to visit Arunachal Pradesh last October. His visit is scheduled in coming weeks. India considers Dalai Lama a spiritual leader where as China considers him a Tibetan separatist. Chinese state-run Media said “These Indian officials apparently didn’t realise, or deliberately ignored, the severe consequences the Dalai Lama’s trip would bring. The 14th Dalai Lama is by no means a spiritual leader but a Tibetan separatist.. allowing him to the “disputed area will inevitably trigger confrontation, undermine the stability of the region and sour Sino-Indian relations”.
“For a long time, some Indians have considered the Dalai Lama as a strategic asset. 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 diplomatic tool to deal with China’s growing economic and political influence in South Asia,” it said.
“Against such a backdrop and at a time when a China-India strategic dialogue was just held to improve bilateral relations, the decision to receive the Dalai Lama in the disputed region is unwise. Leveraging the Dalai Lama issue to undermine Beijing’s core interests risks dragging the two countries into a state of hostility,” it said.
“As the two biggest emerging economies, they have vast common interests on establishing a new global financial order, tackling climate change and other major issues. Now China and India have come to a critical period to further upgrade bilateral ties,” it said.