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India silent as China deploys forces on Nepal soil

March 28, 2008

The Times of Inida
26 Mar 2008

NEW DELHI: Despite the huge diplomatic snub by China as it summoned
India's ambassador at 2am on Saturday to protest against Tibetan
activists breaking into the Chinese embassy in Delhi, the government
here is silent on the reported deployment of Chinese troops in Nepal.

According to reports, China stationed forces on the Nepalese side of the
border with Tibet last week, in order to keep tabs on protests by
Tibetans in Nepal over the past few days.

The Chinese forces were in plainclothes, but armed with small weapons,
sources said. This has rung alarm bells in India's security apparatus,
but there's no official reaction.

The government maintained a grim silence on the major diplomatic snub
inflicted by China when its foreign office summoned Indian ambassador to
Beijing, Nirupama Rao, at 2am to give her a list of demonstrations that
Tibetans planned to organize in India.

While this could just as well have been done during working hours,
summoning the envoy in the middle of the night is seen here as nothing
short of utter high-handedness by the Chinese.

Meanwhile, global strategic analyst Stratfor said Beijing was disturbed
by the sight of foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee and US secretary of
state Condoleezza Rice jointly addressing the Tibet issue in Washington.
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