Dalai Lama says India-China standoff is not serious, cites 'Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai' slogan

New Delhi: The India-China standoff at Doka La is "not a very serious" issue, the Dalai Lama on Wednesday said, stressing that the two countries have to live side by side.

The Tibetan spiritual leader said there are periods when the two neighbours use "harsh words", but the spirit of "Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai" is the only way forward.

File image of Dalai Lama. PTI

File image of Dalai Lama. PTI

"I do not think it is very serious. India and China have to live side by side," the Dalai Lama said on the Doka La standoff at an event in New Delhi, even as he added that "propaganda makes things complicated".

"Even in 1962, Chinese forces which reached Bomdilla, eventually withdrew. India and China have to live side by side," he said while speaking at the Rajendra Mathur Memorial Lecture organised by the Editors Guild of India.

India and China have been locked in a face-off in the Doka La area of the Sikkim sector for more than 50 days after Indian troops stopped the Chinese Army from building a road in the area.

China claimed it was constructing the road within its territory and has been demanding immediate withdrawal of the Indian troops from the disputed Doka La plateau.

Bhutan says Doka La belongs to it but China claims it to be its territory and says Thimphu has no dispute with Beijing over it.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had recently said both sides should first pull back their troops for any talks to take place, favouring a peaceful resolution of the border standoff.


Updated Date: Aug 09, 2017 13:29 PM

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