Is China Scared Of Dalai Lama? – OpEd


In recent times, China appears to be closely monitoring the movement of the Dalai Lama and has been protesting to every country that has received the Dalai Lama or given prominence to him.

It is strange that China which is a large country with huge population, strong economy and mighty military power is giving an impression that it is scared of the Dalai Lama, who is a frail elderly person with no military at his command and only possessing attributes of goodwill for everyone.

China opposes the Dalai Lama everywhere

Even after six decades of occupying Tibet, China seems to be concerned that the independent spirit of Tibetans living in exile around the world continue to remain very high. China seems to be so scared of the Tibetan spirit that it opposes the visit of the Dalai Lama to any country in the world.

Due to objection from China and fearing China, Sri Lanka refused to give visa to the Dalai Lama, in spite of millions of Buddhists living in Sri Lanka. A few weeks back, the U S President Obama received the Dalai Lama through the back door, to keep China in good humor.

Measures against defiant Mongolia

The recent visit of the Dalai Lama to Mongolia was opposed by China and China caused crisis in Mongolia to punish the defiant Mongolia. Mongolia’s crisis followed it’s reception of the Dalai Lama last month, triggering a slew of economic measures by China against Mongolia.

China took exception to the statement by Mongolian ambassador to India seeking India’s financial support to override Mongolia’s economic difficulties.

China objects to invitation to the Dalai Lama

Now, China has slammed India for inviting the Dalai Lama for a function in New Delhi, when the Dalai Lama was present in the opening session of the Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit, organized by Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s Children’s Foundation on December 10.

In a strongly worded response, China said “Recently in disregard of China’s solemn representation and strong opposition, the Indian side insisted on arranging for the 14th Dalai Lama’s visit to the India presidential palace and participation in the event with the Indian President and meeting with President”. China asserted that it was strongly dissatisfied and firmly opposed.

Moral power versus military power

When China invaded helpless and defenceless Tibet ,it resulted in thousands of Tibetans fleeing from their motherland. Tibetan exiles are now living all over the world mostly as refugees.

The Dalai Lama and Tibetans living around the world as refugees follow the philosophy of Gautama Buddha, which essentially reflects peace and tranquility in their mindset and with malice for none. They are hoping that one day or other, Tibet will once again become an independent country living upto it’s traditions and value systems

The Dalai Lama and many thousands of Tibetan refugees living across the world now enjoy enormous moral power, as the world is conscious of the fact that great injustice has been done to Tibet by China.

The world is highly impressed by the quality of leadership provided by the Dalai Lama to Tibetans, which is symbolized by malice towards none and love for peace everywhere. It is remarkable that the Dalai Lama has not spoken disparagingly about China in any forum, inspite of the enormous sufferings inflicted on the Dalai Lama and Tibetans by China.

There is no doubt Tibet is hanging like Damocles Sword on China. Chinese leadership wrongly thinks that world conscience can be silenced and the presence of the Tibetan refugees and the Dalai Lama can be hidden by forcing every country in the world to ignore the Dalai Lama.

It is obvious that moral power of Tibet is gaining strength over the military and economic power of China. It remains to be seen as to how long China can hold on to it’s ill-gotten Tibet.

N. S. Venkataraman

N. S. Venkataraman is a trustee with the "Nandini Voice for the Deprived," a not-for-profit organization that aims to highlight the problems of downtrodden and deprived people and support their cause. To promote probity and ethical values in private and public life and to deliberate on socio-economic issues in a dispassionate and objective manner.

One thought on “Is China Scared Of Dalai Lama? – OpEd

  • December 23, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    China is acting like an international bully.After supporting Pakistan’s covert terrorist activities to undermine India and after blocking India’s efforts to get Pakistani terrorists sanctioned by the UN, China has no right to preach to India on how to deal with the Dalai Lama who has not uttered a word against China. China is living in a fool’s paradise if it thinks it can intimidate India.This is 2016 and not 1962.


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