China is upset with India’s decision to allow Uyghur activists to come to India to meet Dalai Lama in a move meant to up the ante against Beijing during the time when it has refused India's attempt to declare Pathankot mastermind Masood Azhar a global terrorist.
On Friday, MEA spokesman Vikas Swarup said, "We have seen the media reports, and External Affairs ministry is trying to ascertain the facts." In Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswonan Hua Chunying retorted, "What I want to point out is that Dolkun (World Uyghur Congress member Dolkun Isa) is a terrorist in red notice of the Interpol and Chinese police. Bringing him to justice is the due obligation of relevant countries."
Isa is a Germany-based activist. He will be joined by some others from the Washington office in the visit.
As reported in ‘The Times of India’, some activists from Washington-based World Uyghur Congress is expected to visit Dalai Lama in Dharamsala for an inter-ethnic/inter-faith dialogue organised by the spiritual leader. They will join groups from around 15 countries in a US Institute of Peace (USIP) programme. According to the thinktank, "USIP and the Dalai Lama will host a dialogue with ... peacebuilders ... (which) will help them build practical skills and personal resilience they need to work against the tensions or violence in their homelands." India had denied a visit by Uyghur activist Rebiya Kadeer in 2009.
India's counter diplomacy comes after China decided to put a "hold" on Masood Azhar's terror designation.
Rather, China asked India to consult Pakistan, which India felt was disingenuous. The fact that Pakistan continues to use terrorism as a political tool against India also shows Islamabad allows terrorists like LeT chief Hafiz Saeed and Masood Azhar a free run in its country.
In meantime, at the United Nations, Indian officials are working on another list of terrorists, from Pakistan as well as other countries, including India, to put China on the mat, challenging Beijing's political expediency as a result of its close ties with Pakistan.