No quid pro quo with China on Tibet: Sushma Swaraj
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday told the Rajya Sabha that there was no quid pro quo with China on the issues of "sufferings" of the Tibetan peopleindia Updated: Jul 28, 2017 00:47 IST
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday told the Rajya Sabha that there was no quid pro quo with China on the issues of "sufferings" of the Tibetan people and stapled visas being given to residents of Arunachal Pradesh by Beijing.
Responding to supplementaries on the issue of stapled visa to Arunachal residents by China, she said “the issue has been raised in every bilateral meeting at various levels, be it at my level or that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The issue has been raised by us.”
Asked about India's stand on Tibet, she said “We used to earlier talk of One China policy, but we used to say that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India. And when we say that, we want that China should also recognise this. Our policy has been made very clear.”
On the issue of whether India remained a mute spectator towards the alleged atrocities in Tibet, the minister said, “We are not sitting as a mute spectator. Whenever there are differences, we raise them.”
She said the Dalai Lama wanted to visit Tawang and the government allowed him to do so.
“This is not the first time but the fifth or sixth time that he is visiting that place,” she said.
“Whatever issue that is there and goes against India's interest, we lodge our protest," Swaraj added.
To a question, she said there was no policy under which Chinese companies are denied security permission. She also objected to a member raising the issue of a particular Chinese company in the House.
She said that denial of security permission to one particular company cannot determine the relations between the two countries. The minister said it is done under a process and if a Japanese or a Korean company applied, they get it first.
To another question on the cancellation of a visit of Indian journalists to Tibet by China, minister of state for external affairs M J Akbar said there is no official information from China about it.
He said Indian journalists are independent and take their decisions independently and it was between them and the Chinese authorities about the visit to Tibet.
Akbar said in 2014, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi met President Xi Jinping in Astana, a close development partnership issue was raised and both countries decided to increase people-to-people and media contacts and decided to do everything to bring the two countries together.
“We will continue to make such efforts and take them forward," he said, adding that a high-level media forum has been established to further strengthen media exchanges.