Hindi-Chini Bahi Bahi only way out, says Dalai Lama on Doklam standoff09

New Delhi: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Wednesday said Doklam is "not a serious issue".

Speaking at an event at the Editors Guild, Dalai Lama said the Doklam issue "is just a matter of Beijing using some harsh words and media hype". Tensions between India and China have escalated over the standoff between their troops in Doklam in Sikkim sector.

On August 8, State-run media in China said that if the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Government continues to ignore the warning coming from a situation spiraling out of control in the Doklam region, Beijing would activate unavoidable counter-measures to restore its right over territory.

Last week, India had issued a one line statement negating the claim in this 15 page Chinese document about the reduction of Indian troops at Doklam amidst the standoff: "India considers that peace and tranquillity in the IndiaChina border areas is an important prerequisite for smooth development of our bilateral relations with China."

India claims Sikkim border as part of its territory, while China has said that the area falls on their side as per the 1890 treaty signed between British and China.

Consequently, China suspended the annual Kailash Manasarovar Yatra and conceded that the decision to suspend the pilgrimage was due to the border scuffle.

It also alleged that the Indian troops had crossed the Sikkim sector of the Indo-China border.

Beijing has accused New Delhi of violating a convention signed in 1890 between Britain and China relating to Sikkim and Tibet.

In April 22, China announced its decision to rename six places in Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing considers to be a disputed territory. New Delhi protested this 'illegal' move.

It has been speculated that China's decision was triggered over its fury over India allowing the 14th Dalai Lama in the border region earlier in April.

In regard to Dalia Lama, China had also categorically asked India to honour its solemn promises on Tibet-related issues.

"For some time, due to reasons known to all, the political foundation for China-India relations has been damaged, casting a shadow over bilateral relations and the boundary negotiations," China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said.

"What is imperative now is for the Indian side to take concrete actions to honour its solemn promises on Tibet-related issues as well as the important consensus reached by the two sides on settling the boundary issue, in particular never again using the 14th Dalai Lama to undermine China's core interests, so as to create a good atmosphere for greater mutual trust between the two countries and proper settlement of the boundary question," he added.

Agency reports