Tibetan spiritual leader the 14th Dalai Lama on Wednesday urged India and China to maintain peace, saying that both nations are like brothers and have to live side by side.
He praised India for advocating freedom of speech and expression.
India claims Sikkim border as part of its territory, while China has said that the area falls on their side as per the 1890 treaty signed between British and China.
"Our small Tibetan community fully practices democracy and I am an admirer of democracy. India and China have to live side by side". Beijing will be especially irked by what the Buddhist spiritual leader had to say about democracy in the country.
Speaking on these topics, the Dalai Lama said: "People are the real rulers of a country, and free press is important to inform and educate people about reality". "There is freedom in this country, I can do more and have more opportunity to share. Speaking on democracy and freedom of the press, Dalai Lama shared his belief that Communist Party of China may start following and practicing democracy if the people of China wished to".
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Although, taking the same liberty it said that India's position posed a challenge the sovereignty and independence of Bhutan. Doklam Standoff has already crossed more than 50 days and the Chinese Media is not yet exhausted of its rhetoric.
India and Bhutan perceive the India-Bhutan-China tri-junction at a point near Batang La.
China has claimed that it was constructing the road within its territory and has been demanding the immediate withdrawal of Indian troops from the disputed Doklam plateau. This perception is based on the watershed principle on which the boundary between India and China has been orchestrated.
So wary is China of a Buddhist rebellion that it often condemns people - including world leaders like former US President Barack Obama - for so much as meeting the Dalai Lama.
Coming from a man who has preached only peace, the statement assumes significance in the fact that the Dalai Lama wants to end things on a reconciliatory note instead of the "military action" that China has been threatening.
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