Join our Mailing List

"As long as human rights are violated, there can be no foundation for peace. How can peace grow where speaking the truth is itself a crime?"

Obama pushing India into back seat

October 14, 2009

'Reality is greater attention is being paid to China's sensitivities'
October 12, 2009

While President Obama has bestowed on India the honor of his
administration's first state dinner at the White House, he is edging
more toward China in its battle of words with India over a key border
area and inching away from prior Bush administration commitments to
New Delhi, according to a report from Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.

The state dinner with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh comes Nov.
24. While it is considered to be one of the more outgoing displays of
friendship, recent policy initiatives by the Obama administration
take issue with maintaining previous commitments and support.

In recent months, the Obama administration has shown greater favor
for India's arch-rival, Pakistan, through increased military
cooperation in going after Islamist extremists in neighboring Afghanistan.

And now the White House wants Tibet's Dalai Lama to hold off on a
trip to the Indian-controlled Arunachal Pradesh region to which
Beijing also lays claim. Pope Benedict also is scheduled to visit
Arunachal Pradesh at about the same time that Obama is due to be in
Beijing in November.

Consequently, the White House would prefer that the Dalai Lama say
nothing controversial should he proceed with the visit.

As it is, the Dalai Lama's visit will have a significant bearing on
India-China relations.

He is due in the Arunachal Pradesh region in the second week of
November. The Dalai Lama's presence there would reinforce India's
claims to the province, a development which would be a source of
irritation to China.

Despite China's objection to the Dalai Lama's visit, India's Foreign
Minister S. M. Krishna said, "Arunachal Pradesh is a part of India,
and the Dalai Lama is free to go anywhere in India."

"From India's point of view, the Dalai Lama's visit will restate
Arunachal Pradesh as Indian territory," said Bhaskar Roy, a New
Delhi-Based China expert.

The Dalai Lama in 1959 fled from China-ruled Tibet through Arunachal
Pradesh, which has a large Buddhist population.

The visit to Arunachal Pradesh also would help focus attention on
China's continued harsh treatment of Tibetan activists and the Dalai
Lama's frequent call for autonomy for Tibet and his urging of
cultural and religious freedom.

China considers the Dalai Lama a "splittist" who seeks to separate
nearly a quarter of the land mass of the People's Republic of China.

"China expresses strong concern about this information," according to
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu. "The visit further
reveals the Dalai clique's anti-China and separatist essence. China's
stance on the so-called 'Arunachal Pradesh' is consistent. We firmly
oppose Dalai visiting the so-called 'Arunachal Pradesh'," Jiang said.

Editor's Note: The following report is excerpted from Joseph Farah's
G2 Bulletin, the premium online newsletter published by the founder
of WND. Subscriptions are $99 a year or, for monthly trials, just
$9.95 per month for credit card users, and provide instant access for
the complete reports.
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665
Developed by plank