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    Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama speaks at a press conference after delivering teachings at Yiga Choezin, in Tawang, in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, India April 8, 2017

    Dalai Lama Says India, China Should End ‘Not Very Serious’ Doklam Standoff

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    China has been asking India to withdraw troops from the disputed Doklam area to discard any possibility of military confrontation. However, India has insisted that the troop withdrawal should be mutual.

    New Delhi (Sputnik) — Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has called for peace between India and China describing the Doklam standoff as "not very serious" in comparison to some previous instance of trespassing.

    Dalai Lama said the propaganda machinery was responsible for complicating things between the nations. "I do not think it is very serious. India and China have to live side by side," the Dalai Lama said in a program organized by the editor's guild of India in New Delhi.

    India's border forces and Chinese troops are confronting each other at disputed Doklam site and a section of the media has been speculating an escalation in conflict. The tension was triggered after Indian troops allegedly trespassed into the Chinese territory to stop a Chinese patrol party form conducting a survey in the area for building a road towards Jampheri Ridge.

    Dalai Lama is of the opinion that both countries should avoid confrontation as they have to live side by side. "Even in 1962, Chinese forces which reached Bomdilla, eventually withdrew. India and China have to live side by side," he said.

    India had granted political asylum to the Dalai Lama who fled his homeland nearly six decades ago, as a young monk of 24, to save himself from the Chinese Army, who sought to crush the mass uprising in Tibet against what they described as "China's imperialist designs." Since then, the Dalai Lama has been one of the many contentions between the two Asian rivals as China suspects India of providing assistance to the Buddhist spiritual leader in spearheading a revolution aimed at ending China's control over Tibet.


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