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India must understand what is happening in Tibet is China’s blueprint: Top Tibetan leader

Lobsang Sangay says China is trying hard to get 'five fingers' — Ladakh, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh — and that 'Tibet occupation is just the beginning'.

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New Delhi: After the “occupation” of Tibet, China is now trying hard to get the “five fingers”, top Tibetan leader Lobsang Sangay claimed on Friday, noting that Chinese expansionist policies are a threat to the world community and all must wake up to its designs.

Addressing an event organised by the Centre for Democracy, Pluralism and Human Rights (CDPHR), he said losing Tibet as a buffer zone between India and China has cost hugely to India in terms of border problem and associated military costs.

“Tibet occupation was just the beginning. You saw the Galwan incident, how many soldiers lost their lives. Tibet is just a beginning as it is the palm but five fingers are still out there which Chinese CPC (Chinese Communist Party) is trying hard to get,” claimed Lobsang, president of the Central Tibetan Administration (Tibetan government-in exile).

The Five Fingers of Tibet is a Chinese foreign policy that considers Tibet to be the palm of China’s right hand, with five fingers on its periphery: Ladakh, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, and Arunachal Pradesh, and that it is China’s responsibility to “liberate” these regions.

“India needs to understand, what is happening in Tibet is the blueprint and it is happening in Xinjiang and Hong Kong. Understand China and deal with it,” Lobsang said.

He said pluralism and diversity, human rights and freedom binds India together.

“Pluralism is the foundation of India. Pluralism and diversity binds India together, human rights and freedom binds India together but China is bringing a more autocratic system so for Asia – development with democracy and diversity is better than the Chinese model,” he said.

Lobsang also alleged that Chinese expansionist policies are a “threat” to the world community.

“… Therefore the world community must wake up to its designs sooner than later. Standing against China in relation to its record on human rights violations of minorities in Tibet and Xinjiang is not in the control of one country or a small group of countries but the whole world community needs to stand in solidarity,” he said.

He further claimed that in the name of poverty alleviation, the Chinese government is employing mainland Chinese discourses in minority regions such as Tibet thereby creating an environment which might lead to endangering of Tibetan identity.

“Not authoritarian policies of China but democratic policies for development that respect diversity is what the world needs,” he said.

He highlighted that India’s model of development with democracy is better than Chinese model of development without democracy.

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  1. There is the old adage “Possession is nine-tenths of the law”…something Mao understood only too well but Nehru did not…and India is still paying for his his infantile naivety and costly mistakes.

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