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China questions Nepal’s border officials over Tibetan escapes

March 3, 2010

Tibetan Review
March 2, 2010

China has expressed serious concerned that
increasing number of Tibetans escaping their
occupied homeland are entering Nepal while the
latter has blamed lax security on the other side
of the border for the development, reported (Nepal) Feb 28. And in a growing
trend of taking matter into their own hands, a
Chinese team visited Dolakha district Feb 28 for
an inspection visit and met with Nepalese
security personnel there to express its concern, the report said.

With the arrest of 17 of them at the Lamabagar
check point on Feb 25, the number of Tibetans who
had crossed into Dolakha district from Tibet had
reached 52, the report said, without providing a timeframe.

The report said the two-member Chinese team,
headed by Chen Chong, Defence Attaché General at
the Chinese embassy, held long discussions with
DSP Dhiraj Pratap Singh and border official Ramhari Lamichhane T Charikot.

The report cited Singh as saying the Chinese team
took special interest in finding out about the
border security situation and illegal entry of
Tibetans into Lamabagar during their meetings
with the Chief District Officer, border security
officials and district police in-charge. The team
asked about ways to prevent Tibetans from
entering Nepal and also examined the border map
between Nepal and Tibet. Dolakha´s three VDCs ­
Lamabagar, Bigu and Aalampu ­ border Tibet.

The report said the Nepali side had expressed
concern regarding the security situation on the Tibetan side of the border.

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