Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Friday began his three-month trip to Ladakh and declared that border disputes must be settled by “talks and peaceful methods” because military use options is the most “outdated” choice.
Dalai Lama’s visit Ladakh is expected to stir up China due to the ongoing military conflict in Ladakh between Indian and Chinese forces at a number of tension places in the eastern part of Ladakh.
In addition the 16th round of negotiations on military issues among India as well as China regarding the ongoing border dispute in the eastern region of Ladakh will take place on Saturday, July 17 at the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the region, PTI reported on Friday.
India has been pushing for the immediate withdrawal forces from remaining points of friction in the eastern region of Ladakh and insists that peace and calm at the border are essential for the improvement of bilateral relations.
THE INDIA-DALAI-LAMA-CHINA FRICTION
Dalai Lama’s visit Ladakh which is also known by the name “little Tibet”, is likely to be met with resistance from China who often label his spiritual leader an independent.
The Premier Vice-President Narendra Modi on July 7, tweeted that he sent his 87th birthday wishes to His The His Holiness the Dalai Lama over phone, China replied that India should fully grasp what is the “separatist characteristics” of his exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, and must stop using Tibet-related issues as a way to “interfere” with China’s internal affairs.
India is, however denied China’s criticism and claimed that it was an unchanging policy to honor Dalai Lama as an honored guest. Dalai Lama as an honoured guest of the nation.
When Dalai Lama embarked on the Ladakh tour on the 14th of July The Tibetan spiritual leader stated in Jammu that the people of China begin to understand that he’s not seeking “independence” instead, but genuine autonomy and the preservation in the Tibetan Buddhist culture.
“Some Chinese hardliners consider me as a reactionary and separatist and constantly criticize me. However, now many Chinese have come to realise that Dalai Lama is not seeking independence, but only wants China (to provide) an autonomy that is meaningful (to Tibet) and (ensure) the protection in Tibetan Buddhist culture, the spiritual leader stated.
LAC STANDOFF: WHERE DOES INDIA AND CHINA STAND NOW?
The Ladakh border standoff between forces that belong to India and China began on the 5th of May 2020, after an armed confrontation in the Pangong lakes. Both sides gradually increased their forces by bringing in hundreds of thousands of troops and heavy weapons.
Following an array of discussions between diplomats and the military both sides concluded the process of disengagement last year on the south and north shores of Pangong lake, as well as in the Gogra region. Each side has 50 to 60,000 soldiers along their respective LAC in the mountainous area.
In the new round of talks in the next round of talks, it is expected that the Indian team is anticipated to insist on the disengagement of troops as quickly as it is feasible in all remaining conflict areas, as well as seeking a resolution to the disputes concerning Depsang Bulge and Demchok.
The issue in the eastern part of Ladakh was the focus of last week’s discussions between the Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Bali. In the one-hour session in the midst of a gathering of foreign ministers from members of the G20 nations Jaishankar was able to convey Wang the urgent need for a quick resolution of all remaining issues in the eastern region of Ladakh.
On July 9, news reports of an Chinese Air Force aircraft flying close to an area of friction within the east Ladakh sector of the LAC during the final week of June surfaced. following which India’s Indian Air Force swiftly responded according to normal operating procedures.
The incident is reported to have taken occurred at a time China was conducting exercises. Chinese side was conducting exercises that involved its fighter jets as well as air defence weapons such as S-400 air defence system. S-400 defense system for air, which is located in the areas which border with the Eastern Ladakh sector.
EAM Jaishankar had said that the current standoff at the LAC was caused by the non-observance of agreements in writing by China and the US has claimed it to be an example of “worst” standoffs.