Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Hope India returns Tawang, says Chinese media as Dalai Lama visits Arunachal

NB: What is conveniently forgotten in all the noise China makes over the borders, is that it is their imperialist oppression and national chauvinism that caused the Dalai Lama to flee to India in 1959 in the first place; and that it was the BJP-led government under Vajpayee that made the maximum concession to Chinese claims on Tibet in 2003. The Dalai Lama has always held that it is good for Tibet to remain part of the PRC, and that all the Tibetans want is the genuine adherence to the cultural and religious rights guaranteed by the Chinese Constitution. Furthermore, if the One Country Two Systems doctrine can be applied to Hong Kong, why can it not apply to Tibet as well? DS

Here is a report + commentary on Modi's chest-thumping  in 2014:
Modi blows hot air at China in Arunachal Pradesh - forgetting Vajpayee's surrender in 2003

We may also note the vacillations of the Modi government on its dealings with China. See this report on their withdrawal of a visa issued to Uyghur leader Dolkun Isa for attending a conference at Dharamsala scheduled in April 2016: Uyghur leader Dolkun Isa’s statement on India’s withdrawal of his visa // India denies visa to Tiananmen activist Lu Jinghua

Hope India returns Tawang, says Chinese media as Dalai Lama visits Arunachal
China upped the ante as Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama began a visit to Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday, with an expert telling the state media that Beijing hopes Tawang in the northeastern Indian state will be returned to it. The unnamed expert from the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, who was quoted by the nationalistic Global Times tabloid, also trotted out Beijing’s standard line that the Dalai Lama’s visit to the state claimed by China would hurt bilateral ties. The Chinese government should take steps against India’s moves to explain Beijing’s position to the world community, the expert said. The expert also indicated India wasn’t honouring its commitment not to allow its territory to be used for anti-China, separatist activities.

The state media article said this wasn’t the first time India was “using” the Tibetan leader to express displeasure over bilateral squabbles – indicating that New Delhi plays the so-called Tibet card when ties are turbulent. “The Dalai's visit to the controversial area, especially Tawang, which China hopes will be returned, will affect relations between China and India,” the unnamed expert was quoted as saying by the tabloid affiliated to the Communist party mouthpiece, People’s Daily. 

Uncharacteristically by state media standards, the expert from CASS, a premier government think tank, remained anonymous. China, which claims Arunachal Pradesh as southern Tibet, has voiced strong concerns about the Dalai Lama’s visit to the state. It claims about 90,000 sq km of Indian territory in Arunachal Pradesh, including Tawang, one of the most important seats of Tibetan Buddhism.

Dalai Lama's Arunachal visit: China lodges protest, talks of 'serious damage' to bilateral ties

Modi blows hot air at China in Arunachal Pradesh - forgetting Vajpayee's surrender in 2003
The 2003 Sino-Indian Joint declaration was the furthest India has gone to accept China's sovereignty over Tibet. One view if this is that Vajpayee went this far in acknowledging Chinese sovereignty over Tibet in exchange for Chinese acceptance of Sikkim as part of India. Another view is that Vajpayee sold out Indian interests. From either perspective, 2003 statement was a gain for China. What is noteworthy is that China refers to Arunachal Pradesh as 'South Tibet' - and that the 2003 declaration strengthened its capacity to do so. Here is the operative paragraph: "The Indian side recognizes that the Tibet Autonomous Region is part of the territory of the People’s Republic of China and reiterates that it does not allow Tibetans to engage in anti-China political activities in India. The Chinese side expresses its appreciation for the Indian position and reiterates that it is firmly opposed to any attempt and action aimed at splitting China and bringing about “independence of Tibet”. The Indian side recalled that India was among the first countries to recognize that there is one China and its one China policy remains unaltered.." The current situation is analysed here: 
Abanti Bhattacharya: India Should Revisit its Tibet Policy 
June 27, 2003: Tibetan women protest Vajpayee's agreement with China