April 02, 2008
Tibet is a ticklish subject for India:
India enjoys a trading relationship with China expected to be worth $40 billion this year. At the same time, it hosts the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, his exile government and his followers. Authorities in Beijing have accused the Dalai Lama of fomenting the recent Tibet protests.
"It is a difficult position for India," said Kanwal Sibal, a former Indian foreign secretary. "We gave asylum to the Dalai Lama and his followers on the condition that they would not conduct political activities on Indian soil. But the Tibetan government-in-exile is run from here.
"We have to weigh the costs of extending support to the Tibetans in a demonstrative way in the current situation against damaging our ties with China," he said.
Right now they're lying low and not saying much on the subject. They are also working on engaging, not isolating, their neighbor Burma.