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Redrawing the maps

September 11, 2009

While the nation awaits with bated breath for news of..umm..national importance- a part of our country might just be erased for ever. Sorry if that sounded over dramatic,but then we didn’t win the last war against China did we?November this year, the Dalai Lama plans to visit the Tawang, which has the biggest monastery in India. China is not happy with this, but apparently China doesn’t want the whole of China,but just parts in and around Tawang!!”The intended visit has already sparked consternation in China, which claims about 90,000 sq km of Arunachal Pradesh along their border as part of its territory, and could become another irritant in ties already dogged by a border dispute.”

Sometime back, a few officials from Arunachal on  an jaunt to China was refused visa by the Chinese authorities because ‘they are already residents of China’.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Anu permalink
    September 13, 2009 12:24 am

    why don’t these guys talk and get over it, so irritating to hear/read these things over and over again as if things are getting nowhere.

  2. September 14, 2009 9:13 pm

    Uff, who cares about the little people. See no one cared to comment even. But unlike Kashmir, china will have a tougher time Arunachal. The people there have tasted democracy and corruption, we revel in it. There is no going to a communist state after this.

  3. September 19, 2009 3:59 am

    I think that by objecting to the Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal, the Chinese have already admitted it’s part of India! After all, they can’t protest to India about a visit to their own country can they?

    Interestingly, the same thing happened in Sikkim which China had claimed earlier. Then the Dalai Lama took refuge there, and China was forced to admit it was part of India. Hopefully the same thing will play out this time as well.

    Chinese policy seems so impenetrable (as indeed do most policies of nations, but I think China more than usual). IMHO China can’t afford to create a war like situation since war and unrest inevitably consume resources and slows down economic development – something that China will not want at any cost. I think we may rely on that.

    As to why they want to ramp up tensions, I haven’t the foggiest.

    • lostonthestreet permalink*
      September 21, 2009 12:56 am

      “they can’t protest to India about a visit to their own country can they?”
      Very good point there.
      As regards your last point,why did they take over Tibet? There was no economic justification to that..

      • September 21, 2009 2:27 am

        Hmm – also true. I admit I have no idea why they did that.

        My gut feeling is that there would have been some economic reason – whether that reason is valid or not to us, it would have been valid to them.

        For example, maybe they thought Tibet could create trouble? Make the region unstable? Therefore bad for economic development? Perhaps warding off a future threat which might grow to a power.(Just talking off my hat here).

        Of course, I think India is too far gone for that sort of thing now. I mean everything changes when nuclear weapons are involved…

        I just wish we knew how they think.

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