China's state run Global Times has alleged that the Tibetan "government in exile" is taking advantage of the military standoff between Beijing and New Delhi in Doklam.
The Chinese response came after it was reported that Tibetan "government in exile" Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay had hoisted a "Tibetan flag," a symbol of "Tibet independence" besides the Pangong Lake, which sits astride both India and China
The Global Times quoted Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, as saying that, "This activity made by a 'Tibet independence' group in India might worsen the situation and further damage Sino-Indian relations."
"We hope India will not ease its restraints on 'Tibet independence' groups and not use 'Tibet independence' as a bargaining chip to China to further worsen the situation," said Chu Yin, an Associate Professor at the University of International Relations.
Yin added that the sovereignty over Tibet is not something negotiable, so, India should not push Beijing to a point where a peaceful solution becomes impossible.