ITANAGAR, APRIL 16 2017: Under tight security, the 14th Dalai Lama, on his visit to Arunachal Pradesh, addressed gatherings in Tawang at the local stadium and performed certain spiritual ceremonies and rituals. The tour became a source of peace for the Himalayan region. Significantly, this is not the first time the Dalai Lama has visited the State.
And, because Arunachal Pradesh is a state of the Indian union, what happens there is India’s decision alone. Speaker of Tibetan Parliament in Exile Khenpo Sonam Tenphel and Tibetan political leader Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay extended a warm reception to the spiritual leader at Gagal airport.
Mr Khandu requested him to confer the Kalachakra Teaching in Arunachal Pradesh in the near future. “What India has done is violated the solemn commitment on the Tibet-related issues, and it also has a negative impact on proper settlement of territorial disputes between the two sides through negotiations”, the spokesperson said. China’s Foreign Ministry has said the visit “severely harms China’s interests and the China-India relationship”, while India has cautioned Beijing to stay out of its internal affairs.
It may be recalled that the three countries are already part of an initiative called RIC (Russia, India, China) wherein the foreign ministers of each of the three countries meet every year. Khandu said China had no business telling India what to do and what not to do, the Press Trust of India news agency reported. Lu said China will take “further action” to safeguard its sovereignty. The dispute covers the 3,488-km Line of Actual Control that separates India’s Arunachal Pradesh from China. The visit to Arunachal Pradesh, which China also claims as its territory, has raised tensions between the nuclear-armed Asian neighbours. Its media and foreign ministry has repeatedly aired its opposition to the Tibetan Buddhist leaders’s ongoing visit to the region.