LAC stand-off will go on unless Tibet issue is resolved, says exiled govt

Updated on Jun 17, 2020 06:25 PM IST

The Central Tibetan Administration has condemned the violence perpetrated by China towards the Indian soldiers.

Central Tibetan Administration president Lobsang Sangay(HT File)
Central Tibetan Administration president Lobsang Sangay(HT File)
Hindustan Times, Dharamshala | By, Dharamshala

Reacting to the latest face-off between India and China in Ladakh in which at least 21 Indian soldiers were killed, Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) president Lobsang Sangay said anytime something like this happens, it is of deep concern for us.

“We have been saying this for sixty years that since the Indo-Tibet border has transformed into Indo-China border all these tensions have come up,” said Sangay.

“What has happened in Tibetan is now happening on the Indian border,” he added.

The head of the exiled government said unless both sides resort to non-violence and the dialogue of perpetual peace might be a problem.

Sangay also asked the Indian government to take heed of the critical lessons from China’s occupation of Tibet in 1959 and Tibetans’ decades-long experience with the Chinese regime.

Till the Tibet issue is resolved, this will go on, he said.

Meanwhile, CTA information secretary Tsewang Gyalpo Arya said what happened at the border was quite unfortunate. “We would want that this problem should be resolved amicably through proper diplomatic discussion,” said Arya.

The CTA condemns the violence perpetrated by China towards the Indian jawans, said Arya.

However, he said, it was important to understand why these things were happening. “Xi Jinping’s leadership is being questioned nationally and internationally after the Covid-19 outbreak. So, he is deliberately creating these problems to divert attention from his failures,” said the Tibetan official.

He said China first occupied Tibet and now was eying the Indian Territory. “It’s time that India asked China to vacate the Tibetan territory and go behind the great wall,” he said.

“Many Indian leaders had said Tibet should be liberated otherwise China would come at our borders. That’s exactly what is now happening,” he said.

Tibetan writer and independence activist Tenzin Tsundue said there may be several reasons behind the Chinese move.

In May, India devised a new policy to stop Chinese investment in India, said Tsundue. Secondly, India banded with Australia-EU led UN resolution against China for probe into Covid-19. After Namaste Trump India received plugging-gap missiles from the US, boosting the military arms, he said.

“China is in a shambles. The country that depends on 70% of its income from production and export is suddenly caught in a pandemic. It has lost businesses, jobs, its exports are stuck and the country is getting isolated diplomatically, triggering a sense of insecurity and fear of internal turmoil. All these failures have resulted in Jinping’s leadership being questioned. Now, foreign companies are leaving China and setting up base in India,” he added.

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