Doklam not a serious issue: Dalai Lama

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Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has called for peace between India and China describing the Doklam standoff as "not very serious" in comparison to some previous instance of trespassing. India and China have to live side by side....

The Dalai Lama, who lives in exile in India after fleeing a failed uprising against Chinese rule in Tibet, said there would be no victors in a war and talks were the only option.

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. There has not been any concrete evidence to support that claim, however. Speaking at the Rajendra Mathur Memorial Lecture organised by the Editors Guild of India, the Tibetan spiritual leader on Wednesday said that "propaganda makes things complicated", and that the media is to blame for the sharp rhetoric.

However, China will only up the ante now that the Dalai Lama has spoken on the issue. "People are real rulers of a country and free press is important to inform & educate people about reality", mentioned the Dalai Lama on Tibetian community. "Where there is no freedom, I don't like it". Without naming China, he also said he does not like nations where there is no freedom; further adding that freedom in India allows him to share more opportunities. Beijing regards the Dalai Lama as a "separatist".

India and China have been locked in a face-off in the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector for more than 50 days after Indian troops stopped the Chinese Army from building a road in the area.

The chance of a conflict was low, however, despite exchanges of harsh words, the Dalai Lama said.

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