New Delhi: China on Thursday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for greeting the Dalai Lama on his 87th birthday. Beijing looked for New Delhi to completely perceive the “separatist nature” of the exiled Tibetan religious chief and requested to cease utilizing Tibet-related points to “intervene” in China’s inner affairs. The sharp response got here after Prime Minister Modi greeted the Dalai Lama over the telephone as he turned 87 on Wednesday. The prime minister had wished him on his birthday final yr as effectively.
“Conveyed 87th birthday greetings to His Holiness the Dalai Lama over the telephone earlier at this time. We pray for his lengthy life and good well being,” Modi tweeted on Wednesday.
The Dalai Lama’s supporters celebrated his 87th birthday at Dharamshala the place he has lived since fleeing from his Himalayan homeland in 1959.
Reacting to a poser on PM Modi’s tweet, Chinese language Overseas Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian informed a media briefing that “the Indian aspect additionally wants to completely perceive the anti-China and separatist nature of the 14th Dalai Lama.”
“It must abide by its commitments to China on Tibet-related points, act and communicate with prudence and cease utilizing Tibet-related points to intervene in China’s inner affairs,” Zhao stated, as quoted by information company PTI.
“Tibet-related affairs are China’s inner affairs and brook no interference by any exterior forces. China firmly opposes all types of contact between overseas officers and the Dalai Lama,” he added.
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Delhi Rejects China’s Criticism, Cites ‘Total Context’
New Delhi has rejected China’s criticism over Prime Minister Modi’s birthday greetings to the Dalai Lama, asserting that it’s a constant coverage of the federal government to deal with the Tibetan religious chief as an honoured visitor.
Exterior Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi stated that the matter ought to be seen on this general context.
“It’s a constant coverage of the federal government of India to deal with His Holiness Dalai Lama as an honoured visitor in India and as a revered spiritual chief who enjoys a big following in India,” Bagchi stated at a weekly media briefing. “His Holiness is accorded all due courtesies and freedom to conduct his spiritual and religious actions in India. His birthday is well known by lots of his followers in India and overseas,” he added, as quoted by PTI.
He additional acknowledged that “the birthday greetings by the prime minister to his Holiness on his 87th birthday ought to be seen on this general context”, noting that PM Modi greeted him final yr as effectively.
China’s Accusations Towards Dalai Lama
China accuses the Dalai Lama of indulging in “separatist” actions. However the Tibetan religious chief insists that he’s not searching for independence however “real autonomy for all Tibetans dwelling within the three conventional provinces of Tibet” underneath the “Center-Approach strategy”.
The Chinese language response got here on the identical day as Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s bilateral talks with Chinese language Overseas Minister Wang Yi in Bali on the sidelines of a conclave of G20 overseas ministers’ assembly.
Chinese language overseas ministry spokesman Zhao additionally hit out at US Secretary of State Antony Blinken for greeting the Dalai Lama.
In his greetings, Blinken stated, “His Holiness brings gentle to his fellow Tibetans and so many world wide by selling peace, encouraging inter-faith concord, and advocating for the preservation of Tibetan language and tradition”.
“I love His Holiness’s ongoing dedication to non-violence to resolve the grievances of the Tibetan group. I’m additionally grateful for his dedication and repair to humanity,” Blinken stated in his message posted on the US State Division web site.
“America will proceed to assist His Holiness’s and the Tibetan group’s efforts to protect Tibet’s distinct linguistic, spiritual, and cultural traditions, together with the flexibility to freely select their spiritual leaders,” he acknowledged.
Taking exception to Blinken’s greetings to the Tibetan Buddhist chief, Zhao responded that the 14th Dalai Lama is a “political exile disguised as a spiritual determine” who has lengthy engaged in anti-China separatist actions and tried to separate Tibet from China.
“We urge the US aspect to completely perceive the significance and extremely delicate nature of Tibet-related points, critically respect the core pursuits of China, perceive the anti-China and separatist nature of the Dalai clique, abide by US commitments on Tibet-related points, chorus from all types of contact with Dalai and cease sending unsuitable alerts to the world,” Zhao stated.
He claimed that Tibet has lengthy witnessed booming financial growth with social concord and stability and cultural traditions protected and promoted.
“Folks of all ethnic teams in Tibet benefit from the freedom of non secular perception, and the liberty to make use of and develop their their ethnic languages. Different rights and freedoms are additionally totally protected,” Zhao stated.
(With Company Inputs)