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China wants India to block Dalai Lama's Dharamshala meet

November 14, 2008

Saibal Dasgupta, TNN
The India Times
November 13, 2008

BEIJING -- China on Thursday made a direct request to India for
blocking the proposed six-day meeting organised by the Dalai Lama in
Dharamshala from November 17 to discuss the future of Tibet.

"The Indian government has made solemn commitment about not allowing
any anti-China activities on its soil. We hope that the commitment
will be implemented," Qin Gang, the foreign ministry spokesman said
at a press conference on Thursday.

Anyone who participates in the meeting being organised by the Dalai
Lama will not be liked by the Chinese people, he said. The Chinese
government is against anyone trying to split the nation or raise such
an issue in the international arena, he said.

The statement is aimed to put pressure on the Indian government,
which may find it difficult to block the meeting in view of the vast
support enjoyed by the Dalai Lama the world over.

India had earlier accepted China's request to check pro-Tibet
protestors demonstrating against the Olympic Games torch relay and
trying to march to Tibet from Dharamshala in July and August. Chinese
leaders had eagerly praised India's efforts in this direction. They
want New Delhi to act directly against the Dalai Lama this time,
which is obviously going to put New Delhi in a spot.

Diplomats on the two sides are engaged in tough negotiations that may
involve a trade-off if New Delhi agreed to take measures to stop the
Dalai Lama from holding the meeting. But any sort of agreement has
been made difficult because of the Arunachal Pradesh issue.

The Chinese foreign ministry recently challenged external affairs
minister Pranab Mukherjee's claim that Arunachal is an integral part
of India. Qin said on Tuesday that Mukherjee's statement was contrary
to historical facts as China does not accept the MacMohan Line and
the border between the two nations has not yet been demarcated.

The Dalai Lama invoked article 59 of the Tibetan Charter that
empowers him to call a 'Special Meeting' to discuss the future course
of action as his envoys returned empty handed after secret meetings
with Chinese government representatives. The past few weeks has seen
the Tibetan leader complaining that he had "given up" on China and
that his "faith in the Chinese government is thinning."

The "special meeting" to be held in Dharamshala will be attended by
past and present members of the cabinet in his government-in-exile,
past and present members of the Tibetan parliament in exile,
representatives of non-government organisations and intellectuals
interested in the Tibetan issue.
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