‘Tibet Card’ Added to India-China Border Mix as Tibetan Flag Is Hoisted at Pang Gong Lake

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‘Tibet Card’ Added to India-China Border Mix as Tibetan Flag Is Hoisted at Pang Gong Lake
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Coming amid the ongoing stand-off between India and China in Doklam, the hoisting of the Tibetan flag on Indian territory could be seen as political activity.

Lobsang Sangay, head of the Tibetan government-in-exile, seen after hoisting the Tibet flag on Pangong Lake. Courtesy: Central Tibetan Administration website

New Delhi: Even as the stand-off between Indian and Chinese soldiers continued in one part of the Himalayas, Lobsang Sangay, head of the Tibetan government-in-exile, unfurled the Tibetan national flag on the shores of Pang Gong lake in Ladakh.

The lake, located at over 14,000 feet, sits astride India and China, with the Line of Actual Control passing through it.

Speaking to The Wire, Sonam Norbu Dagpo, spokesperson of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), said that this was the first time that the independent Tibet flag had been unfurled by the head of the government-in-exile at that important location.

“This is the first visit by the CTA president to Ladakh and, therefore, the first time that the national flag has been unfurled near the lake,” he said.

Dagpo pointed out that the location has special meaning for the Tibetan community. “As you know, half the lake is in India, and half the Tibet,” he added. Consequently, he said that the hoisting of the national flag has “political and personal significance”.

When asked if any go-ahead signal was taken from authorities, Dagpo asserted, “I don’t think any permission is required to hoist the Tibetan national flag”.

Sangay was in Ladakh on the invitation of the Ladakhi community to celebrate the birthday of the Dalai Lama on July 6, Dagpo added.

According to a report on the lake shore ceremonypublished on the CTA website, Sangay had a brief audience with the Dalai Lama before leaving for the lake on the morning of July 5.

The report noted that Sangay poured “blessed grains” received from the Dalai Lama into the lake in the hope that “these grains will reach Tibet and bless Tibetans inside Tibet as well”.

“Physically, I may be standing just a few meters from Tibet today. However, in terms of political freedom and views, I am still far away from the situation inside Tibet,” Sangay said, according to the report.

Speaking to The Wire, a former MEA secretary, R.S. Kalha said, “The unfurling of the Tibetan flag is a political act, especially at this time”.

For the last 22 days, Indian and Chinese soldiers have been watching each other warily on a clearing called the ‘Turning Point’ in Doklam. Indian soldiers had stopped Chinese soldiers from constructing a road within Bhutanese territory, which would have serious security implications for the tri-junction and the ‘chicken neck’ Siliguri corridor.

China has been on a media blitzkrieg claiming that India violated a 1890 treaty and asserting that Indian soldiers were on Chinese territory. India and Bhutan have both said that China had changed the status-quo by building a road and asked it to return to the previous position.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping had a five-minute conversation on Friday on the sidelines of a meeting of BRICS leaders gathered in Hamburg for the G20 summit. However, no details were given of the “wide range of issues” discussed.

Meanwhile, even as the two leaders met in Hamburg, the Chinese embassy in India issued an advisory for its nationals to “pay close attention to personal safety”.

Observer Research Foundation’s Manoj Joshi agreed that the flag hoisting by Sangay “assumes importance due to the timing”. “This is a very significant gesture, given that it has happened for the first time at this location which has emotional and political symbolism.”

Both Kalha and Joshi pointed out that the flag was hoisted on Indian territory, which could be interpreted as political activity.

A former Indian diplomat, who has been a practitioner in India-China bilateral ties, claimed that it was unlikely that India would have “encouraged” Sangay to go to the lake. “So far, I do not see any signs of the Indian government interested in escalating the issue,” said the diplomat, who did not want to be named. He also pointed to the Indian statement on the Doklam stand-off, which he said was “very measured and sober”.

Joshi asserted that the NDA government has a history of trying to play up the Tibet issue. “Ever since this government took office, it has given more visibility to the Tibetan cause, right from swearing-in day. This has not gone unnoticed in Beijing,” he said.

When Modi was sworn in as prime minister, Sangay was among the special invitees in the audience, sitting right next to then Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. Sangay’s presence led to speculation of new government policy on Tibet. Sangay’s presence didn’t go unnoticed, with China lodging a protest. A few months later, Modi and Xi were sitting together on a swing alongside the river Sabarmati – but that was probably the biggest high in India-China bilateral relations till now.

In April 2016, India allowed a US-based Chinese dissident organisation to organise a seminar of pro-democracy activists in Dharamshala, but later cancelled the visa of an Uighur activist on the grounds that he gave wrong information in his visa application. The visas of three other participants to the conference were also cancelled. However, the seminar went ahead, but without the media being allowed in.

The permission for the conference had come in the wake of China putting on hold – yet again – the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar by the 1267 Al-Qaida and Taliban sanctions committee of the UN Security Council.

In December 2016, China warned India to respect Beijing’s “core interests” after Dalai Lama visitedRashtrapati Bhawan to attend a conference of Nobel laureates and shared the dais with the Indian president. This was the first contact between the Tibetan spiritual leader and the head of the Indian state in decades. India had played down the incident, stating that Dalai Lama had been invited for a “non-political event”.

A few months earlier in October 2016, Beijing had also protestedthe first ever visit by an US ambassador to India to Arunachal Pradesh.

This year, China was again upset by the visit of the Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh. The language used by the Chinese foreign ministry on Dalai Lama’s visit was so sharp that India issued a list of previous trips of the Tibetan spiritual leader to the north-eastern state, which is claimed by China. The foreign ministry spokesperson also clarified that there was a “no change” in Indian government’s policy towards China’s Tibet or to the boundary question.
https://thewire.in/155657/lobsang-sangay-central-tibetan-administration-tibet-flag-india-china/
 

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The report noted that Sangay poured “blessed grains” received from the Dalai Lama into the lake in the hope that “these grains will reach Tibet and bless Tibetans inside Tibet as well”.

“Physically, I may be standing just a few meters from Tibet today. However, in terms of political freedom and views, I am still far away from the situation inside Tibet,” Sangay said, according to the report.


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We should never have recognised Tibet as part of China in first place
Satya vachan prabhu satya vachan.... par us samey ghar ka hi sikka khota nikaley toh fir kya kahein? I am surprised Kailash Mansarovar which has been part of Indian culture from time immemorial, no efforts or even claim has been made, whereas China wants to even claim our Andaman & Nicobar(as recent as 2016). BJP or RSS: the so called pro Hindu , dont even mince a single word about the claim!
 

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Satya vachan prabhu satya vachan.... par us samey ghar ka hi sikka khota nikaley toh fir kya kahein? I am surprised Kailash Mansarovar which has been part of Indian culture from time immemorial, no efforts or even claim has been made, whereas China wants to even claim our Andaman & Nicobar(as recent as 2016). BJP or RSS: the so called pro Hindu , dont even mince a single word about the claim!
Like how bruh that's simply retarded
 

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They are jealous of India being democratic..
India gives the cultural threat and economic threat...

China wants to reduce that.
Naah more gaining control over piece of land which gives India sure foothold to poke in SCS & exert influence over Indian Ocean. A&N are our unsinkable aircraft carrier & battle cruisers rolled into one
 

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Satya vachan prabhu satya vachan.... par us samey ghar ka hi sikka khota nikaley toh fir kya kahein? I am surprised Kailash Mansarovar which has been part of Indian culture from time immemorial, no efforts or even claim has been made, whereas China wants to even claim our Andaman & Nicobar(as recent as 2016). BJP or RSS: the so called pro Hindu , dont even mince a single word about the claim!
after chinken neck incident , they will not claim anything anywhere in the world......

the world has closely watch this incident , its been widely reported on every channal across the globe......





 

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The lizards should not have spoken about supporting the insurgencies in India. That was the only leverage they ever had. Unfortunately, we know how to handle our problems.
Us using our leverage will be new for them. If Baluchistan is anything to go by, then our folks are quite capable.
 

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They are jealous of India being democratic..
India gives the cultural threat and economic threat...

China wants to reduce that.
Even more so they are insecure. They have no religion to bind them together. Only greed of upperclasses and historical servitude of lower classes is keeping china together under the Communist dictatorship. If economic momentum is lost fractions are bound to emerge.

So called Chinese rationality/ pragmatism will come back to bite them in the ass . If as a united Nation they can't make more money or grab more land why not divide it smaller better managed lands .???????

With destroying culture and religion Chinese have effectively destroyed their future too.
 

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Not related to Tibet card.

Article is about China. (2016)
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-08-26/chinas-great-divide-new-cultural-revolution

Nothing new just the usual stuff, hidden unemployment, fake GDP numbers and government pumping in money to keep the country afloat.

So why did I paste the article here, for this comment below. Could be Chinese citizen(he/she had a Chini flag)

"Here, let me just fucking rewrite this article for you:

The older generation went through hell, long for their glory days and rather dislike the current state of things especially when they don't get everything. You see this in how the government will pander to them all the time.

The younger generation has never known hunger, has never known recession or downturn.. The closest it got was in the 80s during reforms and they freaked out, making the new social pact that the government would make them rich as long as they played along and students didn't revolt.

Well, that's all starting to go to shit now. Without the economy, the party has zero legitimacy left and there is only one way out of that. The party, since 2012 has been ramping up the brainwashing and propaganda. They have prepped the public to blame foreigners instead of themselves for all the failings. They have made so many many promises too, every time there's a disaster, it's "by 2020". None of those promises will be kept. The only way out is a small war that triggers sanctions. Sanctions all them to let the economy implode and not shoulder the blame. I give it a year, 2 tops.
"

When there is no religion, then play the nationalism card.
This goes very well this tweet

However, you can see from the video that nobody is batting an eye.

The only way out is a small war that triggers sanctions.
 
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This is bad. Tibetan flag on Indian soil gives legitimacy to China's claims over Arunachal and Aksai Chin being parts of Chinese Tibet being held by India.
 

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This is bad. Tibetan flag on Indian soil gives legitimacy to China's claims over Arunachal and Aksai Chin being parts of Chinese Tibet being held by India.
Chinese stance has been very clear from the get go on both Aksai Chin and Arunachal Pradesh. They do not mince words. OTOH, India should have never accepted Tibet as a part of china to begin with. Yet we did. It's a welcome move that we are changing to an aggressive position.
 
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This is bad. Tibetan flag on Indian soil gives legitimacy to China's claims over Arunachal and Aksai Chin being parts of Chinese Tibet being held by India.
Ummm, what?

1. Chinese do not claim AkCh as part of Tibet but of Xinjiang.
2. That is the Free Tibet Flag or the Tibet independence flag, and in fact it is banned by the CCP.
3. It is raised not in ArPr.
 

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