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Secret Dalai agent fomenting Nepal unrest: Chinese envoy

June 19, 2008

The Economic Times/IANS (India)
Jun 17, 2008

KATHMANDU -- Beijing has accused exiled Tibetan leader Dalai Lama of
fomenting the Tibetan protests that have been rocking Nepal's capital
city Kathmandu through a leader holding "secret meetings with the
ringleaders of some organisations".

In an exclusive interview to Nepal's official media, China's
ambassador to Nepal Zheng Xianglin accused the Nobel laureate and his
India-based Tibetan government in exile of sending a leader to
Kathmandu to incite the protests.

"A leader despatched by the 'Tibetan government in exile' is in
Kathmandu now, holding secret meetings with the ringleaders of some
organisations for 'Tibetan independence' and plotting various
anti-China activities," the Chinese envoy told the Rising Nepal daily.

The interview came even as Beijing took Nepali journalists and senior
politicians, including former deputy prime minister Bharat Mohan
Adhikari of the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist, on
a state-sponsored trip to China.

Beijing also flew the Maoist Minister for Information and
Communications Krishna Bahadur Mahara to China recently and has
extended an invitation to party supremo Prachanda.

On Monday, a minor partner in the ruling alliance, Nepal Workers and
Peasants Party, hosted a programme in Kathmandu valley to declare its
support for the One China policy, that considers Tibet to be an
inalienable part of the Chinese republic.

Zheng was invited to release a book that propagated the Chinese
perspective on the summer riots in Tibet.

"The violence in Tibet is an attempt by separatists to made Tibet
secede," Zhen said. "But it is doomed to fail."

The envoy claimed that Tibetans did not want freedom. The uprising,
he said, was engineered by the exiled Dalai Lama, "who was becoming
increasingly alienated in the international community".

"Ninety-five percent of Tibetans do not recognise the Dalai Lama as
their leader. He is now known more as a political figure than
religious leader."

Beijing has been urging Nepal's government to impose tough punishment
on the protesters in Kathmandu. However, Nepal, while allowing the
use of excessive force against the unarmed and peaceful
demonstrators, has been fighting shy of harsh measures, following an
official warning by the US government not to violate the fundamental
rights of the protesting Tibetans.

The criticism stung Beijing, which retaliated by accusing the US of
interfering in the internal matters of a sovereign country.
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