Chinese daily accuses of India following dual policy on Tibet
Beijing: Accusing India of following a two track policy on Tibet by supporting separatists on one hand while recognising the region as part of China on the other, a Chinese daily on Saturday warned that exiled Tibetans may be a "hidden danger" to India's own stability in future.
A write up in the web edition of Global Times said unlike Western countries India does not directly interfere with China's domestic issues but appears to be reserving the "card of exiled Tibetans for future use".
"As the only great power that borders China's Tibet Autonomous Region, India has always been the largest host of exiled Tibetans.
"India's policy toward the one lakh or so Tibetans on its territory, both the separatist political group led by Dalai Lama and ordinary Tibetans focusing on their daily lives, has played a large role in Sino-Indian relations," it said.
The article titled 'India still maintaining double standard toward exiled Tibetans' said over the years Indian policies toward the Dalai Lama group have changed "from comprehensive support to selective support".
It said there is a contradiction between India's official 'one-China' stance and the actual indulgence of some Tibetans' separatist activities.
"At first, India fully supported the establishment of the 'Tibetan government in exile'. Then Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru visited the Dalai Lama as soon as he arrived in India".
The two countries restored ambassadorial relations in 1976, but after that, India carried out a "two-track" policy on the Tibetan issue, the paper alleged.
It said while on one hand India did not publicly recognise the 'Tibetan government in exile' and promised not to allow anti-China political activities by exiles, on the other, India still "secretly supports or indulges separatist activities".
The article alleged that the Indian government exerts pressure on ordinary exiled Tibetans and uses them as a political tool.
It warned that the exiled Tibetans may even pose a "hidden danger" to India's stability.
"Exiled Tibetans may even become a hidden danger to India's own stability in future. The separatist activities of exiled Tibetans will threaten regional security and the whole China-India relations," it said.
It argued that the 'diplomatic bonus' brought by exiled Tibetans is decreasing, whereas the benefits of cooperation between China and India is growing.
"Under these circumstances, the Indian government should reconsider its policies toward exiled Tibetans. Only then will India take a responsible stance for exiled Tibetans in in a real sense," it said.