BEIJING: The people of Arunachal Pradesh live “difficult lives” under India’s “illegal” rule and they look forward to returning to China, a state-run Chinese daily claimed on Wednesday as it criticised New Delhi for allowing the Dalai Lama to visit the frontier state.
China is opposed to the Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, particularly Tawang, which it considers as Southern Tibet. Its media and foreign ministry have repeatedly aired its opposition to the Tibetan Buddhist leaders’ ongoing visit to the region.
“Under India’s illegal rule, the residents of Southern Tibet live difficult lives, face various kinds of discrimination, and look forward to returning to China,” a provocative article in the China Daily said.
The article, however, skirted the media reports about the periodic protests in Tibet, including more than 120 self- immolations by Tibetans against the Communist Chinese rule.
The Dalai Lama’s visit shows “he can’t wait to give away Tawang district”, which happens to be the birth place of the sixth Dalai Lama in 1683 and is at the centre of Tibetan Buddhism, “in exchange for India’s support for the survival of his separatist group.”
“One identity of the 14th Dalai Lama that history will record for posterity is he is a troublemaker,” it said about the 81-year-old spiritual leader and Nobel laureate.
The article said the Dalai Lama’s visit is “testimony to his betrayal of himself, the people, the country, as well as regional peace.”
“Depending on India for a living, the Dalai Lama’s eagerness to please his master is understandable, but he is going too far by selling Southern Tibet in exchange for his master’s favour,” it said.
“He has described himself a ‘son of India’ more than 20 times on public occasions in recent years. He just hopes to add weight to his identity as a ‘son of India’ by selling the territory to India this time, ignoring the trouble he is making for the settlement of China-India border issues, regional peace and stability,” it said. India and China have been negotiating to resolve the border dispute for more than 20 years but an agreement is yet to be reached.