New Delhi/Dharamshala: – Dr Lobsang Sangay, Sikyong (President) of the Tibetan-government-in-exile, claimed that the Indo-China border dispute would end only after the resolution of the Tibet issue. Dr Sangay reminded that until Tibet was invaded and acquired by China, there was no need for India to deploy any military on this border. Dr Sangay has demonstrated prudent diplomacy linking the Tibet issue to the Indo-China border dispute at a time when a bill demanding freedom for Tibet has been presented in the US Congress.
The Indian and Chinese soldiers are involved in a standoff in the Galwan river and Pangong lake regions. Tremendous tension is reigning in the areas since the last 20 days, and both countries have enhanced the deployment. The Chinese fighter jets are flying near the border, issuing war threats to India. But India has made preparations of a fitting reply and instead of India getting pressurised, China itself seems to be feeling the pressure.
Against this background, Dr Lobsang Sangay has held China responsible for the situation. Dr Sangay emphasised that Ladakh is undoubtedly a part of India, and China has unnecessarily created this problem. Dr Sangay suggested that the India-Tibet relations are historical. There is a long history of nearly two thousand years to the India-Tibet relations and changing the international borders, as they had been for the last 2,000 years, is the only solution for the problem. Dr Sangay claimed that till the Tibetan issue is not resolved, the Indo-China border dispute will not end.
Dr Sangay pointed out that peace should prevail at the Indo-Tibetan border, and there is no need for guns there. Peace prevailed in Tibet before the invasion of China. There was no necessity of the military on the border. Dr Sangay expressed confidence that therefore, the moment the Chinese soldiers leave Tibet, peace will return there and the border dispute will end permanently.
Dr Sangay expressed regret saying that it will be realised that Tibet was an independent country if one checked the history a thousand years ago. In the year 1914, an agreement was signed between Tibet, China and the British. It was acceptable to China. But in the latter times, China invaded and acquired Tibet, trampling the agreement. In this scenario, if there is a demand for Tibetan freedom, there will be many questions like, who will support them? And who will send their military for them? Therefore, the Tibet population is asking only for autonomy and not total freedom. But China is not willing to even make Tibet autonomous.
Meanwhile, the Tibetan Youth Congress demanded that the United States, who has presented a bill for Tibetan independence in its Congress, should study the issue in detail. What China refers as an autonomous region, is only half of the original Tibet. China retained half of Tibet while declaring the autonomous region. Gonpo Dhondup, the President of Tibetan Youth Congress, said that China has carried out terrible atrocities on the people there.