India ought to raise the Tibet issue in bilateral talks with China and make it one of its core issues, Lobsang Sangay, the head of the Tibetan government in exile, recently said. This comes amid the Indo-China standoff in eastern Ladakh.
Tibet-An Issue In Conflict
Tibet is one of the reasons that there is tension between China and India, Sangay said in a conference organised by the Foreign Correspondents Club. Tibet always acted as a conflict zone between two of the most populous countries of the world—China and India—but after Tibet’s occupation that ended, he said. He stated it was with the Panchsheel Treaty that China sowed the seeds of betrayal, the Central Tibetan Administration president asserted.
India Paid A Price
India has paid a huge price after the occupation of Tibet, Sangay said. China often says Tibet is the core issue, India should state the same, he stated. Tibet is very vital for China and Tibet is equally significant for India. China and India have so many bilateral talks. And during those talks, given all these tensions, the Indian government should raise the issue of Tibet as well, Sangay said.
India Should Raise The Issue
India should take leadership in solving the issue of Tibet, he added. Tibetans are religiously and culturally close to India. And he said they never had a border with India. Tibet is very important for South Asia. Tibet has historically acted as the buffer between India and China and after occupying Tibet, China is now moving to capture areas of Ladakh. India for various reasons has a lot at stake, it should intervene and take up the leadership in solving the issue of Tibet,he said.
Dharamshala is a resident to the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama as well as the CTA, often called the Tibetan government-in-exile. The Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959 amid an abortive uprising against the Chinese rule in his Himalayan homeland.
The Indian and Chinese armies are locked in a bitter standoff in multiple locations in eastern Ladakh for the last seven weeks.