Gangtok: Penpa Tsering, chairman of the Tibetan Central Administration (CTA), who was in Sikkim on Saturday, said China does not trust anyone and spends more money on internal security than on external security.
âIn China, there is a lot of trust deficit between the people who rule and those who are governed. He fights for harmonious relations with his neighbors, but how can you have harmonious relations if you always provoke your neighbors and other nations, âTsering added.
Speaking to Sikkiman media at a press conference in Gangtok on Saturday, EstMojo asked Tsering if CTA saw Sikkim as a safe haven from Arunachal Pradesh.
Tsering said, âThe reason I am not going to Arunachal Pradesh is not because of pressure from the Chinese government. It is a voluntary process. We did not want to create any embarrassment for the Indian government.
The CTA president announced his decision to visit Kalimpong, Darjeeling in North Bengal and Sikkim from October 18-26. The move comes after the CTA president canceled his visit to Arunachal Pradesh.
âMy visit to Sikkim is strictly apolitical, and Sikkim incidentally shares its border with Tibet. Maybe it will be taken in a different sense, but I am here on a mission to meet the Tibetan people, âhe added.
Meanwhile, Tibetan activist and poet Tenzin Tsundue is also in Gangtok as part of his âWalk in the Himalayasâ initiative, after traveling 67 days in Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, before reaching Sikkim. His next visit is to Arunachal Pradesh.
The message of the Tibetan activist is strong and clear: “to raise awareness about the 70 years of Chinese occupation of Tibet and its impact on the Indian Himalayas, as well as on the growing security in India”.
Speaking of the Chinese reaction to Vice President Venkaiah Naidu’s recent visit to Arunachal Pradesh, Tsundue called it “unwarranted and an act of intimidation”.
âIndia‘s claim to Arunachal is based on the McMahon Treaty. India has worked on its foreign policy but as far as China is concerned, we have to be stronger, âsaid Tsundue, who is on a week-long visit to Sikkim.
Regarding the CTA president not visiting Arunachal Pradesh, Tsundue said, âThe CTA president is supposed to care for 10,000 people living in Arunachal. He felt that his trip there might be uncomfortable for the Indian government. When India says this (Arunachal Pradesh) is our place, there shouldn’t be any doubts about Indians or Tibetans traveling there and I’m definitely going. “
When asked if the two coordinated their visit, the CTA president denied any connection to Tsundue’s visit.
âI have nothing to do with Tenzin Tsundue. He is a Tibetan who works for the cause of Tibet. He has the freedom to visit wherever he wants. I represent the Tibetan people and the administration. It is part of my job to meet and visit my people and understand their issues. Our tours are by no means coordinated, âTsering added.
In calling for a ban on the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games, a worldwide protest against China that hosts the event, President Tsering said: âAny country that has violated human rights against its own people, when other countries participate in an event organized by such a country, you become part of the system, you become an accomplice. It’s important to get a message across.
âThe 2008 Olympics were a celebration of the Chinese government on a global scale. The Dalai Lama or the CTA never opposed it; we supported the Olympics. We have always hoped that when China becomes part of the international community, it will become more responsible. But it did not go as we expected. So now is the right time to send the message to the Chinese government that this is not acceptable, âhe added.
Similar to the CTA president’s schedule, Tsundue will also visit Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Siliguri in North Bengal before traveling further to Arunachal Pradesh.
During his visit to Gangtok, Tsundue also screened the film âThe Dalai Lama’s Escape from Tibetâ to the Sikkimese people, including Tibetan refugees, publicly in Gangtok on October 22.
Tsundue is also due to visit the controversial Rumtek Monastery, seat of the 17th Karmapa in Sikkim.
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