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Prudently handle Tibet issue: China tells India

August 26, 2010

Times of India
August 24, 2010

BEIJING (PTI) -- China on Tuesday said it hopes
India would abide by its commitment of not
letting Tibetans to engage in anti-China
activities and "prudently handle" the issue so as
not to "disrupt" the overall bilateral ties.

Commenting for the first time on the recent
meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and
the Dalai Lama, the Chinese foreign ministry
spokesperson said that Beijing's opposition to
any foreign leaders meeting the Tibetan spiritual
leader has been conveyed to India.

"China opposes foreign political leaders meeting
the Dalai Lama and we have made our position
clear to the Indian side," the spokesperson
office said replying to a query on the recent
meeting between Singh and the exiled Tibetan leader.

"The Indian government has on many occasions
expressed that it recognised Tibet Autonomous
Region as part of the territory of the People's
Republic of China and it will not allow Tibetans
to engage in anti-China political activities in India," it said.

"China hopes that the Indian side observes its
commitments to Tibet related issues and prudently
handle relevant issues so as to refrain from
(causing) any disruption to the overall
relationship between China and India," it said.

The spokesperson's reactions made no direct
reference to external affairs minister S M
Krishna's clarification on the issue stating that
India considers the Tibetan leader an "honoured
guest" but it does not "encourage" him to engage in political activities.

Seeking to downplay the issue, Krishna said India
considers Tibetan Autonomous Region as part of
China and his clarification "should bring down curtains on any controversy".

Krishna said, "India's position (on Tibet and the
Dalai Lama) has been stated repeatedly,
unequivocally and categorically", that the Nobel
Laureate is an "honoured guest" of India and a
"spiritual leader" respected by millions of people in the country.

China's reaction to Singh's meeting with the
Dalai Lama was in sharp contrast to that of the
last month's meeting of Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao with the Tibetan leader.

Beijing did not directly react to that meeting
and commented on it only when the question was
asked in a press briefing, where in the
spokesperson hoped India would abide by its
comments to not to allow its soil to be used by
Tibetans to carry out anti-China political activities.

Rao's meeting with the Dalai Lama took place in
the immediate aftermath of the visit of National
Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon who held talks
with the Chinese leaders as Singh's Special Envoy.

China considers the 75-year-old Dalai Lama as a
separatist who is trying to split Tibet from China.

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