The Dalai Lama, the head of Tibetan Buddhism, is in Ladakh for his first trip since Jammu and Kashmir were split into two Union Territories in August 2019.
The visit is probably going to irk China given the ongoing impasse between the Indian Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (or PLA) along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.
The Dalai Lama made an effort to convince China that he is not seeking Tibet’s complete independence but rather the preservation of Tibetan Buddhism and a significant degree of autonomy within China not long after he arrived in Jammu.
The Dalai Lama stated, “Not Chinese people, but some Chinese hardliners consider me a separatist.”
In order to maintain Tibetan Buddhist culture, the Dalai Lama is seeking true autonomy within China, not independence, he claimed.