Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is visiting Arunachal Pradesh amid strong reactions from China.
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has described the present situation in his home country as deplorable even as Chinese state media threatened that Beijing could interfere in Kashmir.
“Situation inside Tibet is tragic. The situation in the 21st century will be miserable if it continues like this. The world suffers from short sightedness which is not good. We shouldn’t bully each other,” the Dalai Lama told reporters at Thuphung Dhargeling monastery in Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh.
“There is so much of poverty. Children not getting education. We need to work hard to take care of everyone. I am a half Buddhist monk and half scientist. I will spend my entire life in spreading happiness and love,” he said.
The Dalai Lama thanked Indian government for letting him visit the frontier state.
He spoke fondly of Arunachal Pradesh and said he had a special connection with the state as it served as his point of entry when he arrived in India in 1959.
China has taken strong objections to the Dalai Lama’s visit to the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, which it claims to be its territory.
Chinese state media on Thursday warned of unspecified repercussions, suggesting Beijing, if it chose to, could “interfere” in the Kashmir issue.
Global Times, a hard-line tabloid published by the People’s Daily, said in an editorial: “With a GDP several times higher than that of India, military capabilities that can reach the Indian Ocean and having good relations with India’s peripheral nations, coupled with the fact that India’s turbulent northern state borders China, if China engages in a geopolitical game with India, will Beijing lose to New Delhi?”
It added, “China has never provoked bilateral disputes or made any pressing demand on India over the Dalai Lama. New Delhi should respond to Beijing’s goodwill with goodwill.”