Is India bracing for the potential fallout?
China considers the Dalai Lama, who fled into exile in India in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, to be a dangerous separatist.
This will be his second visit to the northeastern region since April this year.
The Dalai Lama, reviled by Beijing as a separatist, is expected to address a human rights conference in the capital, Gaborone, and meet the president.
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The bastion of free speech under Chinese sovereignty seems to be in the throes of Tibetisation.
Beijing on Wednesday complained about the US lawmakers’ meeting with the Dalai Lama, who fled Tibet after an abortive uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.
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Chinese media dismissed as “absurd” New Delhi’s reaction to Beijing renaming six places in Arunachal Pradesh.
Chinese state media said the move was aimed at reaffirming China’s claim over the state.
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The issue of the Dalai Lama’s reincarnation is inextricably tied to the Tibetan aspiration for independence.
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If the the visit to Arunachal Pradesh by Tibet’s spiritual leader is enough reason for China to start a military conflict, then the worst fears about China’s rise would have been proved true and it would pay a lasting price for its misadventure.
The Dalai Lama’s exile was but the beginning of a huge movement of Tibetan refugees into India and today’s Arunachal Pradesh was at the heart of that story.
While inviting the Dalai Lama to any part of India is well within the country’s rights, looking at it from the China’s perspective also serves a purpose.
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China has also said it will take necessary measures to defend its territorial sovereignty.
The statement called Dalai Lama’s decision to visit Tawang concerning and added that the tense situation could escalate and a “war might become inevitable”.
“We urge the Indian side to clearly see the anti-China splittist nature of the Dalai group and honour its commitment on Tibet and related questions,” a foreign ministry spokesperson said.
At the very least, India must ensure that the Tibetan spiritual head’s visit is kept low key.
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Although officially atheist, China selected Gyaltsen Norbu as the 11th Panchen Lama in 1995 in a drive to win the hearts and minds of Tibetans.
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The move would bring no benefit but damage Sino-US ties instead, a senior Chinese official in charge of Tibet affairs was quoted by a state-run newspaper.
As preparations got under way on Wednesday, the chairman of the organising committee said almost 7,000 pilgrims had returned to China, citing pressure from authorities there.
The move follows a call by China for India to avoid complicating a simmering dispute over a visit by the senior exiled Tibetan religious leader, Dalai Lama, to the border region.
Tibet’s Communist Party chief Wu Yingjie said Tibetan Buddhism had a fine tradition of patriotism but needed to move on with the times.
The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader’s trip there last month angered China, which considers him a dangerous separatist.
On Friday, China had expressed its anger over the Dalai Lama’s public engagement in India.
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China frequently expresses its anger with countries that host the 81-year old Nobel Peace Prize winner, who only seeks autonomy for his homeland Tibet.
While China said that Verma’s visit to the northeastern state would affect the “peace and tranquillity” on the border, India held that his visit was an integral part of the country.
Verma’s visit to the northeastern state comes at a time when New Delhi’s ties with Beijing have been under some pressure.
A round-up of what’s happening in India’s Northeast.
Wu Yingjie, the next chief of Tibet, added that freedom of religion must be followed, but that there must be “positive guidance on Tibetan Buddhism and socialism adapting themselves to each other” so as to promote religious harmony.
The more China –India cooperation increased in the future, the easier it will be for both countries to find a mutually acceptable solution to the border issue.
Beijing urged Washington to abide by its promises to recognise that Tibet is part of China and cease any support for Tibet independence.
There is widespread hostility towards Rohingya Muslims in the Buddhist-majority country, including among some within Suu Kyi’s party and its supporters.