Tuesday, October 27, 2009

India finally sends a strong message to China

By: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee

The Indian Government finally took an firm decision when it cleared the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh next month sending a strong word to Beijing. China had been raising protest against the Tibetan spiritual leader's trip to the state. Red Dragon has time and again laid claims to the state of Arunachal Pradesh and thus raised objection to the Dalai Lama's visit to the state

Dalai Lama who is the face of the Tibetan moment is a thorn in the eye for the Chinese. They see him as a dissident and renegade leader who runs the Anti-China campaign for the freedom of Tibet sitting in India. The India Government granting him asylum has been a bone of contention between the two nations for the past four decades. The state run media has regularly published inflammatory news items staking claims over Arunachal Pradesh.

The announcement from the External Affairs Ministry is significant as comes on a day when Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi is attending a trilateral meeting between Russia, India, China (RIC) meeting in Bangalore. Over the last few months there have been several occasions when the Chinese foreign ministry made aggressive stance be it with sending military patrols in Ladakh or protesting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Arunachal

China has been good at playing the teasing and provoking game when it comes to dealing with India. Beijing is known to support Pakistan sponsored terrorist activities in India. But they are now having to pay the price with Islamic fundamentalism biting them in their Xixiang Province. China kept India engaged with Pakistan so that it could blackmail India on the eastern border. But now with Indian government looking towards the east China is in a state of entropy.

The Indian leadership has finally showed some grit and determination and sent a strong message to China. The government should not bow down to any pressure while dealing with India's domestic matters. China might be a superpower but India is no joke either. The Government should make sure that the strong face that it has put in front of Beijing becomes a policy and irrespective of the government and leadership. We always need to keep up a strong stance towards China.


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