A major Indian news channel is reporting that India has indefinitely put off an important border talk with China after Beijing demanded New Delhi scrap a Buddhist conference where Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama is scheduled to speak.
NDTV has quoted sources as saying that China raised objections to the Dalai Lama’s address at the Buddhist conference being held in the capital next week – the same time when India and China were scheduled to hold talks.
“The Chinese side want the event to be scrapped,” NDTV said.
India and China were to hold their 15th round of Special Representative-level talks on the long-pending boundary problem on Monday and Tuesday next week.
India in turn has reportedly called the Chinese demand “outrageous”.
“New Delhi decided not to cave in and has put off the boundary talks,” NDTV said in its report.
This is the first time that talks have been put off between the two sides in this manner.
Chinese Special Representative Dai Bingguo was to arrive in Delhi to follow up on border talks with his Indian counterpart Shivshankar Menon. The last talks were held in Beijing in November 2010.
The four-day Global Buddhist Congregation is scheduled to be held from November 27 to 30 coinciding with the 2600th year of the Enlightenment of Buddha .
According to the organisers, religious, spiritual and world leaders, as well as 800 scholars, delegates and observers from 32 countries will be attending the Congregation.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa are scheduled to attend the Congregation.
Recently the bi-lateral relation between India and China hit turbulent waters with heated words exchanged over India’s cozying up of relations with Vietnam and New Delhi’s “interference” in the South China sea, parts of which both China and Vietnam lay claim over.