Describing the ongoing Doklam standoff as "not very serious", Tibetan supreme spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Wednesday invoked the famous "Hindi, Chini Bhai-Bhai", a well-known catch phrase that defined Sino- India ties in the 1950s, stressing that the two neighbours have to live side by side in peace. "One-side victory, one-side defeat is old thinking".
India and China have been locked in a face-off in the Dokalam area of the Sikkim sector for 50 days after Indian troops stopped the Chinese Army from building a road in the area. Destruction of your neighbor is destruction of yourself.
Asked specifically about reports of sending of troops from the Sukna-based 33 Corps to Dokalam, the sources said there has been no enhancement of army personnel in the India-Bhutan-China trijunction. "The only way is through talks".
India had granted political asylum to the Dalai Lama who fled his homeland almost six decades ago, as a young monk of 24, to save himself from the Chinese Army, who sought to crush the mass uprising in Tibet against what they described as "China's imperialist designs".
Their faceoff since, military experts say, is the most serious since going toe-to-toe in the 1980s, with thousands of soldiers each, elsewhere along the 3,500-km (2,175-mile) border.
The chance of a conflict was low, however, despite exchanges of harsh words, the Dalai Lama said. This shows that there is unlikely to be a big war between the two.
There has been a widespread speculation that the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh in April this year may have been a trigger for China's aggressive posture in Doklam. India is concerned over Beijing's military collaboration with arch rival Pakistan as well as its expanding involvement in infrastructure development across South Asia. "Our small Tibetan community fully practices democracy and I am an admirer of democracy", the spiritual leader said. "So my friends say, after the 19th party meeting, there could be some possibility, some change". It has also taken the Panchen Lama - who is believed to be responsible for pinpointing the next Dalai Lama - and supplanted another individual in his place.