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Letter: India Stands Up to China on Tibet

November 15, 2009

The Wall Street Journal
November 14, 2009

Your editorial "Dalai Lama Lesson" (Oct. 30)
<http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703574604574500863498085246.html>
points out the differences in approaches in
dealing with the Chinese Dragon's bellicosity by
India and the U.S., but fails to mention that
China is the U.S.'s largest creditor. The Indian
administration has no such constraints.

India has not budged on its principled stand
regarding hospitality for the Dalai Lama and
Tibetan refugees over the past five decades even
as China has grown in military and financial
clout. One wonders how the U.S. would have
reacted to Chinese pressures if the Dalai Lama
would have been a refugee here. Realpolitik and
commercial pressures might have prevailed over moral principle.

The bitter experience of the 1962 India-China war
has led to a wary "better safe than sorry"
approach while dealing with China, and the shared
belief among most Indian politicians about the
need to call a bully's bluff every time a threat is made.

Regardless of the party in power in Washington,
China knows that in the case of a face off it
will be the U.S. that will blink first. Think of
President George W. Bush and the spy plane fiasco
or President Obama and the Dalai Lama's visit.

Deepak Seth
Rochester, N.Y.
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
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