Penpa Tsering, the President of the Tibetan Government-in-exile, stated that all incursions along the Indo-Tibetan border have been initiated by China. He was speaking in the context of recent clashes at Tawang and at Ladakh between the Indian Army and China’s PLA.
He cited the recent clashes at Tawang and Ladakh between the Indian Army and China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) as evidence. “Tibet had signed the treaty of 1914 which set the border between his homeland and India along the McMohan line, Tawang is an integral part of India. We know all incursions are happening from the Chinese side,” the President told PTI.
Tsering emphasized that Tibet signed the 1914 treaty which established the border between Tibet and India along the McMohan line, and Tawang is an integral part of India.
He also pointed out that until 1959, there was no border between India and China, only a border between Tibet and India. Tsering emphasized that Tibet fully recognizes Tawang as an integral part of India and accused China of being aggressive without any provocation from the Indian side.
As per PTI reports, Dalai Lama, the then head of the Tibetan government had fled Lhasa for India in 1959 after an uprising by Tibetans which was brutally crushed by China’s People’s Liberation Army. Though Communist China invaded Tibet in 1950, the Dalai Lama’s government continued to function with an army of its own in an arrangement with the Beijing which designated Tibet as an autonomous region.
Border disputes with India came to the fore after the Lama’s escape with his followers when the Chinese contested the McMohan line through statements. “China’s belligerence is without any provocation from the Indian side,” the President said, adding that “India standing up to its position sends a very strong message to China.”
He added that India standing up for its position sends a strong message to China. Indian and Chinese troops recently engaged in a hand-to-hand combat at Yangtse, north of Tawang, resulting in injuries on both sides.