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Tibetans-in-exile disappointed by India's 'One-China' policy

January 21, 2008

16 January 2008
Asian News International

Report from Asian News International brought to you by HT Syndication.

Dharamshala, Jan. 16 -- Tibetans- in-exile living here are disappointed
by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh statement during his recently
concluded visit to China that India would follow the 'One-China' policy.

The Tibetans-in-exile contended that freedom and human rights should
have got predominance over economic interests.

"I am disappointed by the fact that India has compromised on its core
values. I feel it's important to think that human rights and freedom are
more important than business'" said Tsewang, President Of Tibetan Youth

The Tibetans-in-exile feel that the Indian policy has damaged their
cause for freedom of Tibet. They hoped that India would raise in some
form the Tibetan issue during Dr. Singh's visit.

"First of all, this policy is not that is something new. This has been
in existence since along time. Unfortunately, as Tibetans we feel that
the Indian Government has a great responsibility and role to play as
long as Tibet issue is not resolved. There would be Chinese military
forces on the border with Tibet on the other side," said Tsering
Choeying, President, Students of free Tibet of Indian Chapter.

An estimated 134,000 Tibetans live in exile, a majority of them in India
and Nepal.

China has appreciated India's assurance that New Delhi will oppose any
activity that is against the 'one-China principle'.

China wants to establish diplomatic relationships with all countries as
long as they abide by the "One China" policy, Chinese Foreign Ministry
had earlier said.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Asian News International.
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