Doklam not a serious issue: Dalai Lama

Frederick Owens
August 10, 2017

Speaking at the Rajendra Mathur Memorial Lecture, the Dalai Lama said the old slogan of "Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai" should be the tone for bilateral relations.

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Wednesday said Doklam is "not a serious issue". Now people in India, including in Mongolia and northern Himalayan range, also have the responsibility of the future of the Dalai Lama institution. We need to make distinction between people and governments. China has been insisting that India withdraws its troops from Doklam where both sides have been locked in a almost two-month stand-off.

They said there has been no specific movement of troops and weapons by the Indian Army in the area, adding whatever "movement" is taking place is for maintenance goal. Since then, the Dalai Lama has been one of the many contentions between the two Asian rivals as China suspects India of providing assistance to the Buddhist spiritual leader in spearheading a revolution aimed at ending China's control over Tibet.

"There is some tension, but I do not think it is very serious".

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Indian and Chinese troops are in a tense standoff situation along the Sikkim sector of the global border after a construction party of China's People's Liberation Army entered the Doklam region in mid-June ostensibly to build a road there. "India and China have to live side by side", he said. The report further added that there are no further signs of a significant Chinese military buildup in the region as both New Delhi and Beijing look to find a solution to the situation in Doklam. There is freedom in this country, I can do more and have more opportunity to share.

On Chinese President Xi Jinping's crackdown on corruption in China, the Dalai Lama said he "appreciated" the move.

Since assuming power in late 2012, Xi has pursued a relentless campaign against corruption, warning that the problem could threaten the party's ability to retain power, though some analysts say he is also taking down political rivals. He had said, "What is imperative now is for the Indian side to take concrete actions to honour its solemn promises on Tibet-related issues as well as the important consensus reached by the two sides on settling the boundary issue, in particular never again using the 14th Dalai Lama to undermine China's core interests..."

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