03:25 GMT +317 July 2018
Listen Live
    A panorama of Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. (File)

    India Calls Off World Convention on Tibet to Reset Ties With China

    © Sputnik / Iliya Pitalev
    Asia & Pacific
    Get short URL
    181

    The Seventh World Parliamentarian Convention on Tibet (WPCT) was to be held on April 26 to 28 in Delhi. Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and more than 70 lawmakers from different countries were to take part in the high profile event.

    New Delhi (Sputnik): Ahead of the Beijing visit by Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj slated for next month, the Tibetan parliament in exile, based in India's Dharamshala, has confirmed the cancelation of the seventh World Parliamentarians' Convention on Tibet that was to be held in New Delhi around the same time.

    READ MORE: Dalai Lama's Exile: 'Soft Power of Buddhism Attracts Chinese Citizens' — Analyst

    "The preparation was going on in full swing. But suddenly it was decided to cancel the event," Tsering Dhondup, spokesperson for the Dalai Lama's office told Sputnik. 

    The spokesperson further said that it was unlikely that the event would be held at a later date.

    Earlier this year, the Indian government had called off another event that was to be held at New Delhi's Tyagraja stadium to mark the anniversary of the arrival of the Dalai Lama to India. The venue was instead shifted to Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, from where the Tibetan government in exile operates. The Indian media reported that New Delhi had canceled the event as it was concerned it might have a negative bearing on the relationship with China, which was already on the slide. The Indian authorities had also reportedly directed ministers, lawmakers and senior bureaucrats not to attend the Dalai Lama's event. Furthermore, the Dalai Lama also chose not to attend the Indian National Science Congress held earlier this month in the northeastern state of Manipur. The Tibetan spiritual leader was originally chosen as one of the keynote speakers of the event.

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also likely to visit China for the SCO Summit later this year. Chinese Commerce Minister Zhong Shan will also be visiting India this year.

    Related:

    For India, What China Can Bring to Tibet Matters; Not What it Possesses
    India May Stymie Tibet's Participation in China's 'New Silk Road'
    China Holds Live Fire Drills in Tibet Amid Standoff With India
    China Announces New Light Battle Tank Trials in Tibet
    Tags:
    Narendra Modi, bilateral cooperation, convention, ties, cancellation, Dalai Lama, India, China, Tibet
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
    • Сomment