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China's FM in India, Tibetans Express Opposition

September 9, 2008

Phayul [Monday, September 08, 2008 16:04]
Tenzin Sangmo
New Delhi, September 8 - The Tibetan Youth Congress voiced their displeasure at Yang Jiechi, the Chinese Foreign Minister's presence on Indian soil with a protest march from Rajghat to Jantar Mantar today.
Some 100 Tibetans and a physically challenged Indian in a tricycle made their way towards New Delhi's Jantar Mantar, a place now synonymous with rallies and civil disobedience across the City. Slogans condemning Yang Jiechi's visit reverberated through the streets. Marchers also called for a Free Tibet and the Dalai Lama's long life.
The Chinese Foreign Minister arrived in Kolkata yesterday on a three-day visit to India at the invitation of India's External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee. In Kolkata to inaugurate the Chinese Consulate, the second in India after Mumbai, Yang Jiechi reached New Delhi today to hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Indian counterpart Mukherjee whom he calls a 'good friend'.
Much is speculated in reports from Vienna which say China played an 'active role' in its attempt to block a unanimous call on the waiver to India by the Nuclear Suppliers Group(NSG) before the nuclear cartel decided to proceed with it. This had come as a shock to the Indian contingent especially after Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao said they supported India's nuclear ambitions.
TYC on its part said that China's reservation against India's emergence as a global power was clear at the NSG meeting where it put up a strong resistance despite their promises to support India's entry into the Global Nuclear club. The Indian National Security Advisor NK Narayan had expressed India's disappointment with China's behaviour during the meeting at Vienna.
President Tsewang Rigzin who had just arrived from the IUSY Asia-Pacific Committee Meeting held in Manila, Philippines over the weekend told media "We are gathered here today to protest Yang Jiechi's arrival in India and his subsequent dialogue with Indian leadership in the Capital. We urge the Indian Government to pressure China to improve human rights in Tibet and release all political prisoners and allow freedom of movement and free press in the region. We ask India to hold off talks concerning border issues with China until the matter of Tibet is resolved."
The border issue and matters concerning bilateral trade are expected to be covered during the talks between the two Foreign Ministers. India and China have so far held 11 rounds of discussions on boundary issues with no definite results.
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