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China and India file rival claims over Tibetan medicine

China filed paperwork asking the UNESCO to recognise medicinal bathing

Mike Ives | NYT 

China and India have jockeyed for centuries over the Himalayas. The Chinese military invaded Tibet in 1950. India granted asylum to the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, in 1959. Three years later, the two countries fought a border war. Now they are in a standoff over an area disputed by China and Bhutan, the Himalayan kingdom whose claim is supported by India. The two countries’ latest struggle is over which one will be able to formally tie the ancient practice of Tibetan medicine to its national patrimony. The prize: international cachet and the possibility of ...

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First Published: Fri, July 28 2017. 10:38 IST
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