Chinese media claims people of Arunachal Pradesh unhappy with India's 'illegal' rule

Posted April 13, 2017

China is opposed to the Dalai Lama, whom it regard as a risky separatist, visiting Arunachal Pradesh, particularly Tawang, as it considers the region as Southern Tibet. Even as the Modi government has taken care to describe China's latest fulminations over the Dalai Lama's Tawang visit as "artificial controversies", it has equally chosen to disregard its warnings of seriously damaging bilateral relations. Left to Beijing, Arunachal Pradesh being part of China is a no-contest claim. Rather than escalate the conflict over the Dalai Lama's visit further, China's leaders should allow passions to subside and relegate the episode to yesterday's news. Quite apart from being a border town, it is also part of what China gratuitously calls South Tibet. India-China relations have been going through a particularly rough patch, mainly because of a series of moves by Beijing in the past couple of years. "The boundary question and Tibet related issues bear on the political foundation of the China India relationship". The fundamental point, the Global Times stressed, is that the Dalai Lama "is a highly politicized symbol in China's diplomacy", so much so that a country's attitude toward him affects nearly "the entire relationship" with China.Yet surely China must recognize that it has not, in recent years, given India's government much reason to accommodate its sensitivities.

Mr. Lu said that the that the "provocative" statements of the Tibetan leader "exceeded the scope of religious activities". The Tawang speech is the Dalai Lama's way "of getting under the skin of the Chinese, of probing them, and reminding them that they have no control over where the next reincarnation occurs", said historian Robert Barnett of Columbia University. It blocked India's request to name Masood Azhar, the head of Jaish-e-Mohammed (a Pakistani terrorist group), to a United Nations Security Council blacklist, despite support for the move from the council's 14 other members. Perhaps what has accentuated the Chinese anger was an accompaniment in the form of Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju. When questioned about that assumption, the Dalai Lama stated it was possible that he may be reborn there. The Dalai Lama said there have been discussions that the Chinese government should finalise his successor. "It shows the Dalai clique has already viewed itself as foreign".

Dalai Lama's controversial belief on his reincarnation has been brought up before.

It said the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama should be conducted according to tradition of drawing lots in front of Golden Urn Shakyamuni in Dachau Temple Lhasa (Jokhang monastery), which embodies the Buddhist spirit.

A female Dalai Lama would be unprecedented, but so would the Dalai Lama being reincarnated outside of Tibet.