The Dalai Lama spoke at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences on Monday. Photo: Reuters

While in Mumbai to inaugurate a course on secular ethics at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) on Monday, the Dalai Lama said that India and China cannot defeat each other and must live together as neighbors, according to media reports.

The Tibetan spiritual leader said: “In the current border situation, neither India nor China can defeat the other. Both countries are militarily superpowers. There may be some incidents of cross-border firing. It does not matter.”

To further strengthen India’s ties with China, the Dalai Lama reportedly said that India must make arrangements for Chinese Buddhists to visit holy places in the country such as the Dharmasala in Himachal Pradesh and Gaya in Bihar. PTI quoted him as saying, “We must understand that the followers of Buddhism in China are actually following the line of Indian Buddhism that came from Nalanda (the Indian seat of learning) and Sanskrit. India should develop a pilgrimage for Chinese people who follow Buddhism. These people can come to places like Bodh Gaya and can come closer to India emotionally as well.”

There has been rising tension on the India-China border since the Indian army stopped Chinese troops from constructing roads in the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector.

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