Worldview with Suhasini Haidar | India's Tibet policy

Diplomatic Affairs Editor Suhasini Haidar takes a deep dive into India-Tibet and India-China relations

In this episode of Worldview, our Diplomatic Affairs Editor Suhasini Haidar takes a deeper look at whether India is rethinking its Tibet Policy and the impact of Tibet on India-China relations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has caused quite a ripple by announcing for the first time in years that he had spoken to Tibetan spiritual leader in exile, the Dalai Lama, to wish him for his birthday.

Conjectures that given China’s continuing aggression at the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the government may actually be considering a shift in India’s Tibet policy.

What is that policy?

For centuries, Tibet was India’s actual neighbour, and in 1914, it was Tibetan representatives, along with the Chinese that signed the Simla convention with British India that delineated boundaries. Remember, most of India’s boundaries and the 3500km LAC is with the Tibetan Autonomous Region, and not the rest of China.

However, after China’s full accession of Tibet in 1950, that China repudiated the convention and the McMahon line that divided the two countries. And in 1954, India signed an agreement with China, agreeing to trading terms on what it called the “Tibet region of China”.

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