Dalai Lama Faces Cold Shoulder As India Looks To Improve China Ties

New Delhi:  Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama faces increasing isolation in India, his home in exile, as the government tones down an assertive stand towards China, in the hope of calming ties strained by the Doklam stand-off.

Troops of India and China were locked in a 73-day stand-off in Doklam near Sikkim last year after the Indian side stopped the building of a road in the disputed area by the Chinese Army.

The confrontation underscored Indian alarm at China’s expanding security and economic links in South Asia. China’s ambitious Belt and Road initiative of transport and energy links passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir or PoK, to which India has strongly objected.

Now Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is reversing course, apparently after realising its hard line on China was not working, and the Dalai Lama is facing the cold shoulder.

“We are moving forward with this relationship, the idea is to put the events of 2017 behind us,” a government source involved in China policy said.

The idea is to “be sensitive” to each other’s core concerns and not let differences turn into disputes, the source said.

The Dalai Lama has lived mostly in Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh since 1959, when he fled a Chinese crackdown on an uprising in his homeland.

In Dharamsala, his supporters run a small government in exile and campaign for autonomy for Tibet by peaceful means. New Delhi has allowed the Dalai Lama to pursue his religious activities in…

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