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China shows Kashmir as separate from India

October 21, 2009

October 20, 2009

Dharamsala, October 20 -- China has gone a step
further in its bid to internationalize its border
disputes with India. Besides issuing separate
visas to Indian passport holders from Jammu and
Kashmir State China is now projecting Kashmir as
an independent country on maps, media kits and tourist information brochures.

A report by Indo Asian News Service stated that
visitors to Tibet including foreign journalists
are given handouts where Kashmir is indicated as
a country separate from India. “Media kits
providing ‘basic information’ about Tibet – which
China attacked and invaded in the 1950s – says
Tibet ‘borders with India, Nepal, Myanmar and
Kashmir area’, according to the report.

China on several occasions has expressed its
opposition to visits of several top level Indian
leaders including the Indian president and Prime
Minister to the north eastern Indian state of
Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as its own
territory. India reacted sharply by saying that
its Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has every right
to visit the state and reiterated that the state
is an integral part of the country.

To publicize its claim on Arunachal and to irk
India, China has adopted different means like
objecting Indian leaders' visit to the state,
blocking loans meant for development projects in
Arunachal, telling parliamentarians from
Arunachal they did not require visa to visit
China, issuing visa on separate pages to Indian
residents of Jammu and Kashmir, and now
projecting Kashmir as an independent country.

India has given a go ahead to the the Tibetan
leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama to visit
Arunachal next month but said he should not talk about politics.

India has also asked China to stop its projects
in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) in view of
"long-term relations." "Pakistan has been in
illegal occupation of parts of the Indian state
of Jammu & Kashmir since 1947. The Chinese side
is fully aware of India's position and our
concerns about Chinese activities in Pakistan
occupied Kashmir," External Affairs Ministry
spokesman Vishnu Prakash told reporters last week.

Chinese president Hu Jintao met with the
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Gilani last week
and outlined a major project to upgrade the
Karakoram highway connecting the two countries
overland and offered China’s help in the
Neelam-Jhelum hydroelectric project in PoK.

China has been asking Nepal to deploy armed
security forces along the border between northern
Nepal and Tibet to curb anti-China activities in
Nepal. Nepal’s Home Minister Bhim Rawal and Prime
Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal recently visited
Mustang, the northernmost district in Nepal to
assess the security plan. Mustang was once a part
of the ancient Tibetan kingdom, which from the
early sixties till mid seventies became the base
of anti-China guerrilla attacks by Tibet’s Chushi Gangdruk warriors.
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