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Be careful on comments, govt tells the Dalai Lama

July 13, 2010

Ajay Bharadwaj
DNA (India)
July 12, 2010

Chandigarh -- Worried that the Dalai Lama’s
remarks could play spoiler in the Indo-China
talks, India is believed to have conveyed to the
spiritual leader and the Tibetan
government-in-exile not to go overboard while
“making observations about China."

Foreign secretary Nirupama Rao, who called on the
Dalai Lama and Somdang Rinpoche, prime minister
of the Tibetan government-in-exile on Sunday, is
learnt to have apprised them of the Indo-China
talks. Sources said it was conveyed to the
Tibetan leaders that they should be restrained in
their comments so that Sino-Indian relations did not suffer.

Rao’s visit comes less than a week after India’s
national security adviser (NSA) Shiv Shankar
Menon met Chinese premier Wen Jiabao, foreign
minister Yang Jiechi and state councillor Dai
Binguo in Beijing. Sources said China criticised
India for allowing Tibetan refugees to engage in
political activities on its soil.

The Dalai Lama usually describes India’s position
on Tibet as "over-cautious." The Tibetan leader
last year was given a go-ahead by the Indian
government to visit Arunachal Pradesh, an

Indian state that China claims as its territory.
Foreign minister SM Krishna has said the Centre
had no objections to the Tibetan leader visiting
any part of India provided he did not talk politics.

Officially, the foreign office of the Tibetan
government described Rao’s visit "as a courtesy visit to the Dalai Lama."

Officials said Tibetans in Dharamshala are
struggling to reconcile their age-old antagonism
and distrust of China with the recent shift in
their government-in-exile's policy.

"We have been saying for many years that the
issue of Tibet should be resolved within the
framework of China. We are not asking for
separation of Tibet from China,” said Sonam Norbu
Tagpo of the Tibetan government-in-exile
recently, adding, "We want to live within the
framework of China but we Tibetans should have a
high degree of autonomy within China itself."
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