China has threatened to intervene in Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan as a rebuff to India’s moves to play Dalai Lama as a card to embarrass Beijing . It is evident from the Editorial , “ India’s use of Dalai Lama card tactless” in the state sponsored Global Times on Thursday .
The newspaper, regarded as mouthpiece of China’s official policies , while reflecting the embarrassment that Beijing is faced with Dalai Lama , a highly respected global figure , visiting Arunachal Pradesh . China reeling from one party rule, and having little sense about the democratic values that underlines Indian way of politics , has now responded with crudeness to Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh .
It has threatened : “ With a GDP several times higher than that of India, military capabilities that reach Indian Ocean and with having good relations with India’s peripheral nations coupled with the fact that India’s turbulent northern state borders China, if China engages in a geopolitical game with India, will Beijing lose to Delhi?”.
The very mention of the “ turbulent northern state borders China” is a clear reference to Kashmir and the Islamic unrest that is going on there for the past 27 years in which thousands of lives have been lost , China is making a menacing threat to Delhi that it could interfere in what it has been calling as a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan.
China can go a step ahead, India has been warned with all seriousness. China can create lot many problems on this count. The Karokaram highway passes through the edges of India’s great strategic asset in Himalayas-Siachen glacier , reckoned as the highest battleground in the world. With Beijing and Islamabad having entered into an economic China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project at the cost of $54 billion , their geo political strategic interests have converged as never before . Pakistan has already upped the ante on Kashmir- talking three routes- the Muslim majority of Jammu and Kashmir, ongoing militancy and exaggerating the content of human rights violations. China can cause troubles on India’s eastern borders in Ladakh region , as it had been doing staging stand off with the Indian army in the cold desert region of trans-Himalayas .
India needs to take this threat seriously because the fact is that Kashmir is turbulent is a fact , which India cannot paper over..
“ China considers India as a friendly neighbour and partner. China has never provoked bilateral disputes or made any pressing demand on India over the Dalai Lama. New Delhi should respond Beijing ‘s goodwill l with goodwill.,” the editorial’s conclusion read , but the threat veiled in it is unmistakably clear . India should wake up . The best option is to resolve Kashmir issue before others threaten to intervene. The U S already made it plain that it is more than keen to intervene between India and Pakistan on Kashmir to broker peace between the two countries.