Source: News Bharati English31 Oct 2016 12:49:54

Beijing, Oct 31: The relations between two Asian giants – China and India could further get derailed risking the peace and stability on the border if New Delhi permits Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh in 2017 as per his schedule.

According to AsiaNews, China has taken a very serious view about the Buddhist spiritual leader’s visit plan and lodged its complaint to the Government of India. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang took strong objection to the invitation extended to the exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader by the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh.

However, India downplayed the Chinese threat with Indian MEA Spokesman Vikas Swarup stating clearly that Dalai Lama “is a guest of India and therefore, is free to travel anywhere in the country”.

Lu Kang had said that the invitation to the Dalai Lama to the ‘disputed areas’ (China considers Arunachal Pradesh as ‘disputed area’) would damage ‘our mutual relations’. China feared that Dalai Lama’s presence could encourage separatist activities against China.

The Chinese official raised the tone after learning that the Dalai Lama had received an official proposal from the Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu to visit Tawang, home to a Buddhist monastery.

Since 1962 war, China had laid its claim over 90,000 sq km territory of Indian State of Arunachal Pradesh in the eastern sector of the Himalaya. For the Chinese, this territory forms part of ‘Southern Tibet”. This is the reason why the Chinese dragon has been opposing the visits of foreign leaders in that border region.

However, Dalai Lama’s personal secretary Tenzin Talkha said that the Dalai Lama was looking forward to the visit to the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh and his trip could be expected by mid-March next year.

The fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is considered a dangerous “separatist” by the Chinese authorities who would like to retake the lands of Tibet “peacefully liberated” by Chinese troops in 1950. Opposition to him has often taken a harsh tone such as when China described him as a “monk in wolf’s clothes, with his gang of separatists and terrorists seeking to destabilize China and Tibet”.

The Indian spokesman replied that the Dalai Lama “is a spiritual figure worthy of veneration and India considers him a guest of honor” and thus will not pose limits to his movement in the disputed territories.

The territorial dispute between the two Asian giants dates back to the brief conflict in 1962, during which China gained territorial control of Aksai Chin (a vast salt desert in the Valley of Kashmir that belonged to India), while the “North East Frontier Agency” - current Arunachal Pradesh - remained under the Government of India.