BEIJING: The Chinese state media on Thursday said Beijing could interfere in “turbulent northern state” - Kashmir - against New Dehli’s invitation to the 82-year-old Dalai Lama, calling the move “clumsy and rude”.
China on Wednesday had said that India's decision to host Tibetan spiritual leader on a contested stretch of land on the India-China border would cause serious damage to relations between the two countries.
The Global Times, in a hard-hitting editorial today (Thursday), told India that it considered New Delhi ‘a friendly neighbor and partner’ and asked India ‘can it afford the consequence, if two countries turn into open rivals?’
China warns India that its involvement with Dalai Lama— who China believes is a separatist planning to liberate south Tibet from it— would only motivate China to do the same by intervening in Kashmir issue.
Reminding India of economic and military prowess , it stated that China has “GDP several times higher than that of India, military capabilities that can reach the Indian Ocean and having good relations with India’s peripheral nations” and insinuated that Beijing will not lose if Delhi engages it in Geo-Political game.
What makes this visit particularly stand out and controversial unlike the visit before is that this once Minister Kiren Rijiju received Dalai Lama. When China raised reservation, Rajju commented that China shouldn’t meddle in “our internal affairs”
The editorial expressed that China considers India a friendly neighbor and given the fact that it has never made pressing demands or attempted to provoke bilateral rows, China wants its goodwill to be “responded with goodwill”