Ti­betan Govt in Ex­ile says Chi­nese Ac­tion a Re­flec­tion of its Ex­pan­sion­ist Pol­icy

Com­ments by TGIE’s high­est po­lit­i­cal au­thor­ity may cause dis­com­fort in Bei­jing China num­ber one chal­lenge for In­dia, re­it­er­ates Pres­i­dent Lob­sang San­gay

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: In­dia-based Ti­betan Gov­ern­ment In Ex­ile (TGIE), for the first time since the Dokalam stand­off, has come out with a pub­lic state­ment on the cur­rent bor­der cri­sis, de­scrib­ing China’s ac­tion as a “sym­bol of its ex­pan­sion­ist pol­icy”.

Pres­i­dent of the Cen­tral Ti­betan Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Lob­sang San­gay, while ad­dress­ing stu­dents of Del­hibased Han­sraj Col­lege last week re­ferred to the on­go­ing in­cur­sion at Dokalam as a re­flec­tion of China’s

ex­pan­sion­ist for­eign pol­icy and fully sup­ported the po­si­tion of the In­dian gov­ern­ment in the cur­rent stand­off. San­gay, an alum­nus of Han­sraj Col lege, clai med China was a num­ber one chal­lenge for In­dia, as stated by for­mer de­fence min­is­ters Ge­orge Fer nan­des a nd Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav. The com­ments on Dokalam by the high­est po­lit­i­cal au­thor­ity of TGIE are sig­nif­i­cant and are likely to

cause dis­com­fort in Bei­jing.

He fur­ther de­cried that China’s na­tion­al­is­tic de­sign is in­creas­ingly be­com­ing ap­par­ent in the South China Sea, East China Sea, Scar­bor­ough Is­land and, in­creasi ng bor­der i ncu rsion s across the McMa­hon line and now at Dokalam. “Dokalam sit­u­a­tion is con­sis­tent with a t rou­bli ng pat­tern of Chi­nese pol­icy of try­ing to al­ter the ba­sic facts on the ground.” “You are go­ing to face a com­plex world. The cur­rent global trend is wit­ness­ing ul­tra-na­tion­al­ism and ex­trem­ism is on the rise and in­ter­na­tion­al­ism and lib­er­al­ism are on the de­cline.”

The Ti­betan leader also re­called the ‘five-fin­ger’ anal­ogy strate­gised by Mao Ze­dong. “In the early 50s, the then Chair­man of Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China termed Ti­bet as China’s right-hand palm whereas Ladakh, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh as its five fingers. There­fore, China’s flex­ing of its mil­i­tary mus­cle is a man­i­fes­ta­tion of its decades old strat­egy to en­cir­cle and weaken In­dia.”

“I al­ways tell In­dia and the world to take heed of the Ti­bet nar­ra­tive. We have been telling In­dia for the last 50 years that what hap­pened to us (Ti­bet) could hap­pen to you. One has to un­der­stand Ti­bet to un­der­stand China. What is hap­pen­ing in Dokalam now, hap­pened to Ti­bet in 1959.”

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