The president of the Tibetan exiled government Penpa Tsering on Thursday said that the former Indian Premier Jawaharlal Nehru recognized China’s claim to Tibet believing it was the best choice for India at the time.
Tsering said to the media at the time in Washington that India however has changed its position regarding Tibet issues since 2014 , when they formed the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) headed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power. The president-in-exile claimed that Tibet was never an integral part of China.
Tsering stated that the current government’s decision of not adhering to ‘OneChina might have increased pressure on Beijing on the international stage. “I think India has changed his (Nehru’s) policy by not repeating that Tibet is part of PRC (People’s Republic of China) because India’s position is that if India has to abide by the ‘One China’ policy, then China also has to abide by the ‘One India’ policy regarding Kashmir and Ladakh,” Tsering was quoted by the PTI, the news agency. PTI.
When asked if Jawaharlal Nehru placed too much trust on China, Tsering said he doesn’t blame India’s first premier for the decision. “We understand that the national interest comes first for every nation and he did what he thought was best for India at that time,” he stated. He also stated that Jawaharlal Nehru’s health issues and his death was due in part to Chinese betrayal after Beijing came to India at the time of 1962.
“With the benefit of hindsight , there are many who believe that Pandit Nehru committed a mistake. He actually believed in China to such an extent that when China began to invade India during the year 1962 many believe it was because he got so upset that it was one of the causes of his death,” he said.
He mentioned an encounter between Chinese the president Mao Zedong and former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1950 when Nehru coined the phrase “Hindi-Chini bhai bhai” (Indians-Chinese are twins). He added that not just India but a number of other nations have conceded to China’s claim to the Tibetan nation. Tibet.
Wang Yi’s Chinese foreign minister’s tour in New Delhi was a mere transit trip since nothing gained directly from the visit.
After having a meeting with Biden Administration officials Uzra Zeya who is the undersecretary for democracy, security, civilian security and human rights along with Kurt Campbell, US president Biden’s top advisor for Indo-Pacific, Tsering said that he was surprised by the way that the current US administration is giving new emphasis on Tibet. Tsering also had a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and will also meet with other top officials from the Biden Administration as well as representatives from Congress. US Congress.
“The Biden Administration has not forgotten Tibet… despite Ukraine being the hotspot,” Tsering said to reporters.