China Forgets Diplomatic Courtesy

If we could solve our problems through aggression, then aggression should have been treated as a doctrine. But since the birth of civilisation, it has been proven that aggression always increases problems.
Probably, China has failed to realise this fact. So, the Asian giant has decided to ignore diplomatic courtesy while dealing with sensitive issues. For Beijing, the only important thing is to increase its influence in different parts of the world.
Top Tibetan religious leader the Dalai Lama has been staying in India for the past six decades. India, which considers the monk as its honoured guest, allows him to visit any part of the country. New Delhi believes that the Dalai Lama has every right to decide where to go (in India) and when to go. However, China has a different view. According to Beijing, the Dalai Lama is not a saint, but a dangerous separatist. Needless to say, India attaches no great importance to China’s abusive comments on the Dalai Lama.
Recently, Beijing asked New Delhi to not allow the Nobel Peace Prize winner to visit Tawang – a mountain town in north-eastern Indian province of Arunachal Pradesh. As expected, India rejected the request and asked its northern neighbour to respect the Buddhist monk’s freedom to go anywhere in the world.
After the 1962 Sino-Indian war, Beijing illegally occupied Aksai Chin – a portion of northern Indian province of Jammu and Kashmir – and still occupies the territory. Despite India’s objection, China (jointly with Pakistan) is building an economic corridor that passes through Gilgit-Baltistan – a region illegally occupied by Pakistan since the partition of India in 1947. The Asian power is also using force to suppress anti-China protests in Tibet. And such a country is advising India to show restraint and to monitor the activities of the Dalai Lama.
China wants to emerge as the most powerful country in the world. But, the dragon is facing a great challenge at the regional level (in South Asia). With India (too) trying hard to emerge as a global power, China has adopted an ultra-aggressive policy mainly to suppress India’s influence in its neighbourhood. Although China’s decision has triggered a fresh tension in the region, Beijing has no other option. The top Chinese political leadership has always adopted aggressive policies to resolve domestic issues. So, it has decided to counter India’s influence in South Asia through the same way.
Foreign policy experts are of the opinion that it will not be possible for China to corner India in the region. The current global geopolitical landscape will not allow the Asian giant to do so. India, which maintains cordial ties with Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, is a peace-loving country. But, it knows how to respond to any threat and to defend sovereignty. It will be better for China not to put India under pressure over the Dalai Lama issue.


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