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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Chinese PM Visit Rankles some in New Delhi

December 15, 2010

New Delhi : India | Dec 15, 2010
By Nathaniel Hines

Not everybody smiles warmly upon Wednesday's, December 15, 2010, arrival of Chinese Prime Minister Wen JiabaoWen Jiabao in New Delhi, India. Hundreds of exiled Tibetans marched in protest as India serves a home to thousands of Tibetans, including the Dalai Lama – the Tibentian spiritual leader. The Dalia Lama has been residing in the northern town of Dharamshala since his flight from Tibet in 1959.

Although the governments of India and China are attempting to forge a stronger economic relationship, the Tibetan Youth Congress said it's goal of organizing Wednesday's protest was to highlight China's occupation and oppression of Tibet, a mountain region that has been a regular source of unrest for Beijing authorities.

"The conditions of Tibetans in Tibet and the situation of political prisoners have become extremely critical," the TYC said in a statement to media outlets. "History shows that occupation and oppression never lasts forever and until that day comes and to hasten the arrival of that day, we will keep our fight alive."

The TYC differs somewhat from the political strategy professed by the Dalai Lama. The TYC urges complete independence for Tibet, while the Dalai Lama has continuously strove for autonomy for the region under Chinese rule. China views the long-standing media battle with the Dalai Lama as the most effective, accusing the Dalai Lama of surreptitiously inciting unrest and wanting to split up China by covertly pushing a pro-independence agenda for Tibet. Decades of on-off negotiations between Tibetan exiles and the Chinese government have made no tangible progress.

Wen visits at the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and plans another meeting with India's President Pratibha Patil and India's ruling congress party chief Sonia Gandhi. While the diplomatic mission will focus on bilateral cooperation in economics and trade, the two member of BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) will also discuss border issues – which is in its 14th round. The two countries began to discuss border issues in the 1980s. To maintain peace and stability in the border area, the two sides signed agreements in 1993 and 1996.

Protest organizers said they plan to continue demonstrations against Wen's visit until the premier leaves on Friday.
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