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.
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj met with Bhutanese foreign minister Damcho Dorji on the sidelines of the BIMSTEC ministerial meeting.
Tibetan rights groups have argued that the UNESCO designation of the Hoh Xil area could accelerate Chinese efforts to move nomads into settled villages.
The groups argue the UNESCO designation will allow Chinese authorities to remove residents from the Tibetan area and threaten its nomadic culture.
The bastion of free speech under Chinese sovereignty seems to be in the throes of Tibetisation.
Wedged between Sikkim and Bhutan, Doklam in Tibet’s Chumbi valley points like a dagger at the Siliguri corridor connecting the Northeast with the rest of India.
On the Tibetan plateau, the village of Yunta shows that animals and humans can live peacefully and care for each other.
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.
Chinese state media said the move was aimed at reaffirming China’s claim over the state.
The issue of the Dalai Lama’s reincarnation is inextricably tied to the Tibetan aspiration for independence.
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.
Senators Ben Cardin and Marco Rubio said that a failure of US leadership on human rights issues in Tibet is not a good message for the US to send to China, its allies in the region, and the world.
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.
A former top Chinese negotiator’s statements on a trade-off between Tawang and Aksai Chin could mean a variety of things.
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.
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.
China considers Tibet a ‘core’ issue and any change in India’s historical position would mean challenging China’s territorial integrity, to which Beijing would likely respond with violence.
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.
On Friday, China had expressed its anger over the Dalai Lama’s public engagement in India.
The Karmapa Lama, Tibetan Buddhism’s third-most-senior figure who fled into exile in India in 2000, last week went to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.
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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.
Chinese troops had infiltrated the Barahoti ground in Chamoli, Uttarakhand, which has remained a disputed area since 1957.
Landslides, earthquakes, melting glaciers and deadly floods make life precarious on the Nepal-Tibet border.
Beijing urged Washington to abide by its promises to recognise that Tibet is part of China and cease any support for Tibet independence.
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