20 October, 2020

Tibet Is Our Best Card To Settle Borders With China

Unless shaken, Beijing will have no incentive to deal with the issue

Tibet Is Our Best Card To Settle Borders With China
The Chinese foreign ministry may have wanted Indian ambassador Nirupama Rao in Beijing to share its sleepless nights over the current Tibetan unrest—by summoning her at 2 am to lodge a protest over the recent breach of security of their embassy premises in New Delhi! To be fair, such an incident—involving a handful of Tibetans breaking into the embassy complex—would be a matter of serious concern to any government, and a formal protest would be in order. But as it involved no injury to person or damage to property, the decision to overdramatise matters by calling Rao in the middle of the night—and not wait for morning business to begin—would suggest that the Chinese wanted to make a political point. The intention seems to have been to browbeat India on the issue of Tibetan political activity on Indian soil and register a strong message that the Chinese could raise diplomatic temperatures should India fail to sufficiently curb Tibetan protests in New Delhi.

Ordinarily, an ambassador should respond to the summons of the host...


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