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India Front Line Report
SEAnews Issue:monthly
2018-03-07 ArtNo.46210
◆China relations: Govt advises 'leaders' to skip Dalai Lama's events

【New Delhi】Keen to mend India's troubled relations with China and to avoid ruffling the feathers of the communist country, the government purportedly asked senior leaders and government functionaries to stay away from the Dalai Lama's events.
 With New Delhi and Beijing lining up several engagements in the coming months to bring India-China ties on track, Cabinet Secretary Shri Pradeep Kumar Sinha purportedly conveyed to "senior leaders" and "government functionaries" in the states as well as at the Centre that it was "not desirable" to participate in events organized by the exiled Tibetans in India.
 The face-off between the Indian Army and Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) in Doklam Plateau in western Bhutan from June 18 to August 28 brought the bilateral relations to a new low in 2017.
New Delhi and Beijing are expecting the strains in the ties to be eased out in 2018, which is likely to see a series of engagements between the two neighbours.
Sinha issued the directive after Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale drew his attention to a "Thank You India" event being held by the Tibetan Government in Exile towards the end of this month and early next month to mark the beginning of the 60th anniversary of Dalai Lama's escape to India in the wake of the PLA's occupation of Tibet in 1959.
The Tibetan Government in Exile, also known as the Central Tibetan Administration, is based at Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh.
It also planned to invite Indian dignitaries to a public event at Thyagaraja Sports Complex in New Delhi on April 1.

○Our people have the right to visit Arunachal: India to China

【New Delhi】In a strong reaction to China's objection to Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting Arunachal Pradesh, India today (16-02-2018) said its leaders and people have the right to visit the northeastern state, asserting that it is an integral part of the country.
 Modi had visited Arunachal Pradesh on February 15, after which China, which claims the state as part of South Tibet, asked India to refrain from taking any action that may "complicate" the boundary question. Reacting to Modi's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang was quoted as saying by state-run Xinhua news agency that "The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called Arunachal Pradesh and is firmly opposed to the Indian leader's visit to the disputed area."

○India, Vietnam emphasise freedom of navigation in South China Sea

【New Delhi】Amid increasing Chinese assertiveness in the region, India and Vietnam have underlined the importance of freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea, while calling for peaceful settlement of disputes without threat or use of force.
 Ahead of the bilateral talks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang at the Hyderabad House here on March 3.
After delegation-level talks between the two leaders, the two countries also resolved to deepen cooperation in the field of defence and security.
The Vietnamese side reiterated its consistent support for India's permanent membership to United Nations Security Council (UNSC), a joint statement said.
The two sides had also inked pacts for cooperation in the field of nuclear energy, trade and investment, and agriculture following Modi-Tran talks.

【News source】

China relations: Govt advises 'leaders' to skip Dalai Lama's events

India, Vietnam emphasise freedom of navigation in South China Sea

PM Modi welcomes Vietnamese President at Hyderabad House

Our people have the right to visit Arunachal: India to China

India, Vietnam emphasise freedom of navigation in South China Sea

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