Chinese experts warn India against using Dalai Lama as bargaining chip

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BEIJING (China) March 22 (APP): The invitation to the Dalai Lama, a
separatist figure, demonstrates that India is trying to secure concessions over South Tibet through such provocation, Wang Dehua, Director of the Institute for Southern and Central Asian Studies at the Shanghai Municipal Center for International Studies said on Wednesday.
“But in doing so, India is asking for trouble, worsening the bilateral
relations and impeding normal bilateral discussion,” he told Global Times.
India deliberately used the Dalai Lama, who is not only a religious
figure but also a political one, as a “legal excuse” to claim the disputed region, Hu Shisheng, Director of the Institute of South and Southeast Asian and Oceania Studies, said.
India has been bolder to follow the US, considering that its rhetoric on
the Tibet question is increasingly intensifying when many Western countries are playing it down, Hu said.
The Chinese foreign ministry had also expressed its concern on early
this month over an upcoming visit of the Dalai Lama to a disputed zone in the eastern part of the China-India border area in April, where he is expected to meet with the Indian government officials.
India’s aggressive gesture of inviting the Dalai Lama will bring no
benefit to India, but tarnish India’s image among Chinese people, Hu said.
The Dalai clique has long been engaged in anti-China separatist
activities and has been involved in dishonorable acts in the past on the boundary question, Geng Shuang, a spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry, said on March 3.
The Chinese foreign ministry has expressed strong opposition to the
Dalai Lama’s participation in a Buddhism conference last week in India.
“We urge the Indian side to clearly recognize the anti-China separatist
nature of the Dalai clique, abide by its promises on the Tibet question, respect China’s core interests and avoid further disturbances and harm to China-India relations,” Hua Chunying, spokesperson for Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told a daily briefing on March 20.
“Recently, India ignored China’s solemn representations and strong
opposition and insisted on inviting the 14th Dalai Lama to attend an international Buddhist conference organized by the Indian government,” Hua said.
In December 2016, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee hosted the Dalai
Lama at his official residence with other Nobel prize winners, the exiled leader’s first public meeting with an Indian head of state in 60 years.