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China steps up Tibet campaign in Nepal

December 11, 2007

The Times of India
10 Dec 2007

KATHMANDU: Within a fortnight of a senior Chinese official visiting
Nepal, a second one is arriving in Kathmandu to attend a forum on Tibet
that will reinforce Beijing's policy of emphasizing that the annexed
Buddhist kingdom is an inalienable part of the republic of China.

Zhang Zhijun, vice minister of the international department of the
central committee of the Communist Party of China will be arriving in
the Nepali capital on December 18 to attend a two-day Tibet Forum.
Zhang's visit follows the delegation led on December 30 by Wang Jiarui,
head of the same department, who met Prime Minister Girija Prasad
Koirala, Maoist chief Prachanda and other senior politicians.

Currently, a group of Chinese journalists from the Wenhui Xinmin United
Press Group is touring Nepal while a photo exhibition is being held on
Tibet, highlighting that it is an autonomous province of China.

Officials of Nepal's state media said on Friday that they were guided by
the "One China policy" and "had always countered slandering views that
sought to undermine China's territorial integrity".

Also waiting in the wings is Zheng Xinmiao, vice-minister at the Chinese
cultural ministry, who has indicated his desire to visit Nepal in March.
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