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Published by the Canada Tibet Committee

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

3. Indian Communist Party's Delegation Visiting Tibet

ICT - Wednesday, July 23, 2003

A three-member delegation from the Communist Party of India (Marxist),
currently on a visit to China, is reportedly visiting Tibet. The delegation
led by CPI(M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury arrived in Beijing on July
22, 2003 according to The Hindu newspaper.

"The team will travel to Tibet after holding talks with senior leaders of
the governing Communist Party of China (CPC)," The Hindu reported.
During their eight-day trip the delegation will meet Wu Guanzheng, a member
of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central
Committee and secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection
"for a detailed exchange of views on the current international situation and
the Sino-Indian relationship."

The other members of the delegation are CPI(M)'s secretary of the Jammu and
Kashmir unit, Mohd. Yusuf Tarigami, and Central Committee member Hari Singh

CPI(M) is a breakaway group of the Communist Party of India and was formed
in 1964. It is the ruling party in quite a few states in India.
The Party supports Chinese position on the issue of Tibet. In 2001 CPI(M)
organized a function to observe the "50th anniversary of the peaceful
liberation of Tibet" in New Delhi. Yechury addressed the gathering then and
"pointed out that the Tibetans had improved their standard of living and
that the life in Tibet was much easier than it could be otherwise because of
the difficult physical conditions there," according to the CPI(M) weekly
newspaper People's Democracy of June 10, 2001. In 1999 it came out with a
statement criticizing Indian Minister George Fernandes for supporting the
Tibetan people.

"He has reiterated his support to a 'Free Tibet' in a recent interview. Is
this the stand of the Vajpayee Government? Can the Defence Ministry carry on
with his own agenda which is detrimental to the country's interests?'' it
asked in a statement.

The statement said the Vajpayee Government would have to "face the
consequences for this serious state of affairs.''

There is no mention of the Indian Communist Delegation's visit in the
Chinese media.

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  1. Sikkim will not be an issue in Sino-Indian ties
  2. New momentum to China talks: PM
  3. Indian Communist Party's Delegation Visiting Tibet
  4. Response to Michael Parenti's article on Tibet
  5. U.N.:World can't afford rich China
  6. Tibet Simplifies Tourism Procedures for Taiwanese Tourists
  7. The world's next superpower

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