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General studies paper iii Topic- international relations
BY AYUSSH SANGHI
THE DALAI LAMA ISSUE
The Dalai Lama Factor in Sino-Indian Relations . Dalai Lama "is a highly politicized symbol in China's diplomacy," so much so that a country's attitude toward him affects almost "the entire relationship" with China.
The Dalai Lama Factor in Sino-Indian Relations China has stridently opposed recent Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh. India and China view both the Dalai Lama and Arunachal Pradesh very differently. . From India's perspective, the Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan Buddhist community, and so has the right to minister to his followers at the great Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Tawang and, because Arunachal Pradesh is a state of the Indian union, what happens there is India's decision alone.
The Dalai Lama Factor in Sino-Indian Relations In China's view, however, Arunachal Pradesh is not really India's. In any case, says China, the Dalai Lama is not a spiritual leader, but a political one. And, given his support for Tibetan self-rule (Chinese officials angrily call him a "splittist") his visit to a sensitive border area is being viewed as a deliberate provocation. . Chinese soldiers promptly crossed the disputed frontier with India in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, going so far as to pitch tents on land that India considers its sovereign territory. Mini-crisis was followed by a series of policy setbacks that reflected China's scant regard for India's sensitivities on various issues.
MASOOD AZHAR ISSUE
other issues that followed China opposed India's bid (strongly supported by the United States) for membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group. . It blocked India's request to name Masood Azhar, the head of Jaish- e-Mohammed (a Pakistani terrorist group), to a United Nations Security Council blacklist, despite support for the move from the council's 14 other members