10 Nov 2009
Beijing condemned Dalai Lama's visit Arunachal Pradesh saying on Tuesday (November 10), it is evidence of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leaders anti-China nature. However, sources in the government clarified that the Dalai Lama won't be involved in anything political and that his visit is spiritual. It is also said that there are no restrictions on his travel in any part of India.
"China strongly opposes the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh. It fully exposed the anti-Chinese nature of the Dalai Lama. China expresses its strong dissatisfaction with India in allowing the Dalai Lama's visit to the disputed area," Qin Gang, Spokesperson, Chinese foreign ministry said.
A day after both the Indian government and the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama openly took a swipe at China, the Dragon has issued a veiled but audacious threat to India. In its state-run paper the People's Daily, China has said that India seems to have forgotten the lessons of 1962 war.
In a provocative article lashing out at India, China also said that Dalai Lama was being used by the Indian government to further its own agenda.
Here is what the People's daily has said, warning of a potential war-like situation: "India may have forgotten the lesson of 1962, when its repeated provocation resulted in military clashes warning. India is on this wrong track again."
Attacking the Dalai Lama for his visit to Tawang, China has also accused the Indian government of using the Dalai Lama to push its own agenda and has once again warned that when the conflict gets sharper and sharper, the Chinese government will have to face it and solve it “in a way India has designed.”
"The Dalai Lama went to southern Tibet at this critical moment probably because of pressure from India. By doing so, he can please the country that has hosted him for years. The appearance and activities of the Dalai Lama in southern Tibet may foment anti-China sentiment among people living in the region. When the conflict gets sharper and sharper, the Chinese government will have to face it and solve it in a way India has designed,” a Chinese analyst Hu Shisheng, a researcher of Southern Asian studies at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, said Sunday (November 9).
Meanwhile, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s recent meeting with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh was "just like a gentle breeze" which helped clear up the "suspicion and misunderstanding" clouding bilateral ties, the state-run media here said, seeking to reach out to India after breathing fire over Arunachal Pradesh. In its first positive assessment of the October 24 meeting between Singh and Wen on the margins of the ASEAN Summit in Thailand amid the Chinese protests over Arunachal Pradesh, an editorial in the People's Daily, the mouthpiece of the ruling CPC, said the two Prime Ministers reached consensus that the two neighbours should forge a strategic partnership.
"The consensus between Premier Wen and Indian PM Singh is just like a gentle breeze, clearing up all the suspicion and misunderstanding that have hindered bilateral relations over the past decades," it said, two days after China blamed the Dalai Lama for the recent tension in Sino-India ties. The paper noted that during their meeting, Wen and Singh agreed that the two countries should forge a strategic partnership to maintain regional peace and stability, achieve the goal of common development and harmonious prosperity.