In a sure sign that it is still rattled by the Dalai Lama’s recent visit to Arunachal Pradesh, Beijing today used its state media to warn India that it will end up paying dearly if it continues playing the
Dalai Lama card.
Further, after India said that China “inventing names to towns” in Arunachal doesn’t make its claims to the territory legal, Beijing hit back at India saying the north-eastern state isn’t India’s “simply because the Dalai Lama says so”.
“New Delhi would be too ingenuous to believe that the region belongs to India simply because the Dalai Lama says so,” said an op-ed in the Global Time, the Chinese Communist Party’s foreign policy news outlet.
The lingering border dispute between India and China involves about 90,000 square kms of territory in Arunachal Pradesh. China calls Arunachal ‘South Tibet’.
Two days ago, China announced that it has “standardised” official names for six places in Arunachal in a “legitimate action”. China’s move came on the heels of a visit by the Dalai Lama to Arunachal. Beijing protested strongly about the visit. -(MR) – AGENCIES