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Doklam standoff “not a very serious”, says Dalai Lama

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The Dalai Lama on Wednesday said that India-China standoff at Doklam is “not a very serious” issue as the two countries live side by side. The Tibetan spiritual leader said there were periods when the two neighbours used “harsh words”, but the spirit of “Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai” is the only way forward.

“I do not think it is very serious. India and China have to live side by side,” the Dalai Lama said, adding that “propaganda makes things complicated”.

“Even in 1962, Chinese forces which reached Bomdilla, eventually withdrew,” he said while speaking at the Rajendra Mathur Memorial Lecture organised by the Editors Guild of India.

Notably, India and China have been locked in a near two-month-long standoff on the Doklam plateau after Indian troops stopped the Chinese Army from building a road in the area. China claimed it was constructing the road within its territory and has been demanding an immediate withdrawal of the Indian troops from the disputed Doklam plateau.

The Dalai Lama also spoke about other matters relating to China, including the form of governance it should follow. “Our small Tibetan community fully practices democracy and I am an admirer of democracy,” the Dalai Lama said. “Eventually, as per wishes of Chinese people, Communist Party of China may follow our practice (democracy).”

On speculations of a war between India and China, the Dalai Lama said that media was to blame for the sharp rhetoric.