tirsdag 13. juli 2021

Prime Minister Modi Plays the ‘Tibet Card’ Again This may impress his fans at home. But will it frighten the Chinese?

On July 6, the Dalai Lama celebrated his 86th birthday. Wishes poured in from leaders and well-wishers from across the world. Prominent among those who wished him well, and did so publicly this year, was India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Spoke on phone to His Holiness the Dalai Lama to convey greetings on his 86th birthday. We wish him a long and healthy life,” Modi wrote.

Others who reached out to the Dalai Lama from India were chief ministers Pema Khandu of Arunachal Pradesh and Prem Singh Tamang of Sikkim — both states bordering China and where Beijing has territorial claims. This is the first time since 2015 that the Indian prime minister has publicized his call to the Tibetan spiritual leader. There has been no official response from Beijing so far, but the wishes from India are likely to have ruffled feathers in the Chinese government as it regards the 14th Dalai Lama as a “splittist.”