The Dalai Lama has called on China and India to peacefully resolve their border dispute. Photo: News18.com

The Dalai Lama said on Wednesday that India and China are like brothers and urged them to maintain peaceful relations, ANI reported.

Speaking at an event in New Delhi organized by the Editors Guild of India, the 81-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader said: “Eventually, ‘Hindi-Chini-Bhai Bhai’ is the only way; the two big nations, you have to live side by side.”

“Hindi-Chini-Bhai Bhai” is a catchphrase that defined Sino-India ties in the 1950s, emphasizing that the two neighbors must live in harmony.

The Dalai Lama’s  speech comes amid rising tensions on the India-China border after the Indian army stopped Chinese troops from constructing roads in the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector.

He also spoke about political freedom, stressing that India is a more liberal country. He said, “There is freedom in this country, I can do more and have more opportunity to share. Where there is no freedom, I don’t like. Our small Tibetan community fully practices democracy and I am an admirer of democracy.”

He said he hoped that China would eventually follow the democratic path. “Eventually, as per the wishes of the Chinese people, the Communist Party of China may follow our practice,” he said.

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