India never used me against China: Dalai Lama

India never used me against China: Dalai Lama

 Amid protests by Beijing against his scheduled visit to Tawang, the Dalai Lama on Wednesday said India has never used him against China.

“India has never used me against China. I am a messenger of the ancient Indian thought and I talk about ahimsa, peace, harmony and secular ethics wherever I go,” the Tibetan spiritual leader said, while talking to the media here.

His remarks came after the Chinese state media on Wednesday said India is using the Dalai Lama as a diplomatic leverage to challenge China’s “bottom line”.

“I am a Buddhist. The entire Himalayan range had been traditionally following the Buddhist dharma and modern physics is based on Buddhist philosophy,” he said.

He spoke fondly of Arunachal Pradesh and said he had a special connection with the state as it served as his point of entry when he arrived in India in 1959.

“When I got freedom, when I first reached India, I entered through Arunachal Pradesh. I have an emotional connect with the state. It is a special place for me,” he said.

“I would like to thank the government of India. I have been here since 1959. India has taken great care of me. I am their longest staying guest. I am thankful to them,” he added.

‘Underestimated Beijing’s resolve’

India is using the Dalai Lama as a diplomatic leverage to challenge China’s “bottom line”, the official Chinese media claimed on Wednesday, saying New Delhi may have “underestimated” Beijing’s determination to protect its core interests. The Chinese reaction to the Dalai Lama’s visit to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh came in an article in the state-run Global Times.

“Beijing has voiced concerns over the issue, but New Delhi claimed that China shouldn’t intervene in its ‘internal affairs’,” the article said, referring to Indian Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju’s comments on Tuesday.
“This is absurd,” the article said.

Rijiju said India never interfered in Beijing’s affairs, has respected the “One China” policy, and thus China should not interfere in India’s internal affairs or object to the Dalai Lama’s visit.

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