China is not going to allow India a free ride on their economic growth jeopardizing Beijing’s core interests- indicated Chinaâ€™s government-backed news site Global Times. In an opinion article, Liu Jianxi of Global Times said that New Delhi must overcome its suspicions against Beijing. New Delhi should realize and not underestimate Beijing’s determination to safeguard its core interests. Referring to Indiaâ€™s repeated willingness to harbor â€˜separatistâ€™ Dalai Lama, the article mentioned that many countries have pledged not to extend invitations to the Dalai Lama. As the two largest emerging economies, China and India have great potential for cooperation. But India should not take advantage of their economic growth to get a free ride while curbing Chinaâ€™s interest.
Global Times reported that the 14th Dalai Lama has been invited by New Delhi to Tawang, a disputed region on the China-India border this week. The Dalai Lama is expected to be received by India’s Junior Home Minister Kiren Rijiju, a move that gives the trip some official implications. Beijing has voiced concerns over the issue, but New Delhi claimed that China shouldn’t intervene in its “internal affairs.” Which China finds absurd.
According to Global Times, the Dalai Lama has long been active in anti-China separatist activities under the guise of religion. New Delhi inviting the Dalai Lama to sensitive region gravely damages the China-India relationship. Unlike his predecessors, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to have taken a different stance on the Dalai issue, raising public engagements with the monk and challenging Beijing’s bottom line. The Dalai Lama was received by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee in December, and invited by Pema Khandu, “chief minister” of “Arunachal Pradesh,” to Tawang this month. “It’s a behavioral change you are seeing. India is more assertive,” Rijiju openly said in an interview with Reuters earlier.
The news site also talked about how Dalai Lama is now openly used by India amid Beijing-New Delhi conflicts, as a diplomatic tool to win more leverage. New Delhi is dissatisfied with Beijing’s stance over its membership bid to the Nuclear Suppliers Group and its request to name Masood Azhar, head of Pakistani militant group, to a UN Security Council blacklist. Hence, Delhi attempts to play the Tibet card against Beijing. In fact, China has never thought of making trouble for India, and is handling these issues in accordance with international practices and UN regulations.
According to the reporter, India is also exploring the option of linking the strategic border district of Tawang with a railway network, another provocation against Beijing. India has also invited a “parliamentary” delegation from Taiwan in February. New Delhi should understand that these sensitive issues are directly complicating fundamental interests of Beijing.