NEW DELHI: India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed to the Rajya Sabha yesterday that India raised the issue of Tibet and the ongoing atrocities on the Tibetan people by the Chinese government in Tibet.
“There is no quid pro quo with China on the issue of “sufferings” of the Tibetan people,” she said. This was in response to a question posed by Shri Vijaysai Reddy, a member of parliament from YSRCP, Andhra Pradesh replying to questions in the House.
“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,” she said.
On the question 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.” The question was raised by Dr Narendra Jadhav, a nominated member of Parliament.
She further clarified that the Indian government allowed His Holiness the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh and that it was the Tibetan spiritual leader’s sixth visit to the state.
“Whatever issue that is there that goes against India’s interest, we lodge our protest,” Swaraj said.