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Dalai Lama's "son of India" remark taken out of context, says exile govt.

February 5, 2010

By Kalsang Rinchen
February 3, 2010

Dharamsala, Feb 3 -- The exile Tibetan government
said that the Dalai Lama’s remarks that he is "a
son of India" was taken out of context by the
China which accused the Tibetan leader of
“pleasing his Indian masters” by describing himself as “a son of India”.

Thubten Samphel, the spokesperson for the exile
Tibetan government based here said the Chinese
government had taken the Tibetan leader’s
statements out of context. The Dalai Lama
considered himself to be “a citizen of the
world”, and his ties to India were in the context
of Buddhism’s ancient links to the country,
Samphel told The Hindu. “China should be
focussing on the larger and more pressing
problems facing Tibet, rather than dwelling on
such small issues," he was quoted as saying by The Hindu.

At an event to mark 50 years of Indian
hospitality to the Tibetans in New Delhi last
year, the Tibetan leader said, "Tibetan Buddhist
culture is from India. I am a son of India". The
Tibetan leader says at events attended by Indians
that he considers himself a "son of India" having
spent over 50 years in the country where Buddhism was born.

The Tibetan leader's special envoy Lodi Gyari
said he feels that China's "baseless allegations"
against the Tibetan leader such as calling him a
"separatist" are "unbecoming" of a global power
like China. The envoy, who was addressing a press
conference yesterday on his return from China
after the ninth round of talks with Chinese
government officials, called Chinese government's
behavior "kiddish" and said China's baseless
allegations sometimes have boomerang effect.

Days before the envoys of the Tibetan leader
visited China for ninth round of talks, China’s
state media drew attention to the Tibetan
leader’s links with India, where he has been
living since 1959, to question his standing with
Tibetans in Tibet. “People cannot help but ask
that since the Dalai Lama deems himself an Indian
rather than Chinese, then why is he entitled to
represent the voice of the Tibetan people?" an
article in The People’s Daily, said. It also
accused the Dalai Lama of "betraying southern Tibet to India."

Zhu Weiqun, Executive Vice-Minister of the
Communist Party’s body that hosted His Holiness’
envoys recently, accused the Tibetan leader of
meddling in India -- China border dispute saying
the Tibetan leader’s comments on Arunachal being
part of India would worsen the Dalai Lama’s
relations with the Central government.

Justifying the Tibetans leader’s comments on
Arunachal, Mr. Samphel said areas south of the
McMahon Line had been "legally ceded to India in 1914 under international law."

China objected in November last year to the
Indian government allowing the Tibetan leader to
visit the Indian state claimed by China as its territory.
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