Beijing, April 21: In a yet another warning issued to India by Chinese Global Times, a commentary on Friday said India will pay “dearly” if it continues to play the Dalai Lama card against the dragon nation.
In the state run daily, the article says “Playing the Dalai Lama card is never a wise choice for New Delhi. If India wants to continue this petty game, it will only end up paying dearly for it.”
Written by Ai Jun, the statement was said in context to China’s christening of six places in Arunachal Pradesh which Beijing considers as Southern Tibet.
“China has been making efforts to solve the territorial disputes with India, but over the past decades, India has not only increased migration to the disputed area and boosted its military construction there,” the writer said.
In a direct reference to New Delhi, the article claims its territorial right on AP and termed India stubborn by continuing its affinity towards the Dalai Lama.
The article says, “Putting the Dalai Lama into its toolbox against China is another trick played by New Delhi lately. New Delhi would be too ingenuous to believe that the region belongs to India simply because the Dalai Lama says so. India seems to have become trapped in its stubbornness to measure its strength with China.
But territorial disputes cannot be settled by comparing which side is stronger or which country has more leverage. Otherwise, there is no need for Beijing to sit down with New Delhi at the negotiating table.”
Adding a word of caution the article add India should “do some serious thinking” over “why China announced the standardized names in South Tibet at this time.”
China has reacted strongly against the Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh and Indian government leaders’ decision to host the Tibetan spiritual leader.
The Dalai Lama has lived in India since fleeing his homeland in 1959.