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India will pay 'dearly' if it plays Dalai Lama card: Chinese daily

The Dalai Lama has lived in India since fleeing his homeland in 1959

IANS  |  Beijing 

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama with Naren Chandra Das, a retired havildar of 5 Assam Rifles during Namami Brahmaputra festival in Guwahati on Sunday. Das is a lone survivor of the seven Indian personnel who received Dalai Lama on the Indian soil
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama with Naren Chandra Das, a retired havildar of 5 Assam Rifles during Namami Brahmaputra festival in Guwahati on Sunday. Das is a lone survivor of the seven Indian personnel who received Dalai Lama on the Indian soil

will pay "dearly" if it continues to play the card against China, a Chinese commentator warned on Friday.

"Playing the card is never a wise choice for New Delhi," a commentary in the state-run Global Times said. "If wants to continue this petty game, it will only end up paying dearly for it."

The commentary, by Ai Jun, referred to China's decision to give Chinese names to six places in which Beijing considers Southern

"has been making efforts to solve the territorial disputes with India, but over the past decades, has not only increased migration to the disputed area and boosted its military construction there," the writer said.

"Putting the into its toolbox against is another trick played by New Delhi lately. New Delhi would be too ingenuous to believe that the region belongs to simply because the says so.

"seems to have become trapped in its stubbornness to measure its strength with

"But territorial disputes cannot be settled by comparing which side is stronger or which country has more leverage. Otherwise, there is no need for Beijing to sit down with New Delhi at the negotiating table."

The daily added: "It is time for to do some serious thinking over why announced the standardized names in South at this time."

has reacted strongly against the Dalai Lama's visit to and Indian government leaders' decision to host the Tibetan spiritual leader.

The has lived in since fleeing his homeland in 1959.

First Published: Fri, April 21 2017. 15:40 IST
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