The state-run Chinese media today criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking a different stance on the Dalai Lama issue, unlike his predecessors, and challenging Beijing’s bottom line.
“Unlike his predecessors, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to have taken a different stance on the Dalai issue, raising public engagements with the monk and challenging Beijing's bottom line,” an article in Global Times said.
Reacting sharply to Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju’s remarks that Arunachal Pradesh is an inseparable part of India and China should not interfere in the country's internal affairs, the article said that New Delhi is underestimating Chinese determination.
"This is absurd. New Delhi may have underestimated Beijing's determination to safeguard its core interests,” the article said.
Referring to reports of India planning to connect Tawang with a railway network, the article alleged that India is trying to provoke Beijing.
“India is also exploring the option of linking the strategic border district of Tawang with a railway network, another provocation against Beijing,” the article said.
“India has also invited a "parliamentary" delegation from Taiwan in February,” it added.
Asking India to get rid of its suspicions towards China, the article warned that Beijing won’t allow New Delhi to jeopardize its core interests while allowing free ride on its economic growth.
“New Delhi should overcome its suspicions against Beijing. China doesn't allow India to free ride on its economic growth while jeopardizing Beijing's core interests,” the article said.