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China hopes India will honour its commitment on Tibet issue

March 14, 2008

Press Trust of India

Bejing, Mar 13 (PTI) China today hoped that India will honour its
commitment on Tibet issue while accusing the Dalai Lama group of
attempting to sow unrest in the Himalayan region for the past few days
but said the situation had "stabilised" now.

"We hope that India will proceed from the overall interest of our
bilateral relations and honour its commitment," Chinese Foreign
Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a regular news briefing when asked if
Beijing was satisfied with the Indian government's handling of
protests by Tibetans.

"A few monks in Lhasa city have made some disturbances for a couple of
days and were trying to sow some unrest. This is a political scheme of
the Dalai group," he said.

The Dalai group was attempting to separate Tibet from China and ruin
the "normal, harmonious and peaceful life of Tibetan people", he said,
following the protests which erupted on the 49th anniversary of a
failed uprising against Beijing's rule.

China had earlier confirmed that the authorities in Lhasa had quelled
protests by monks, amidst reports about the arrests of many of them
during a march to the Potala Palace calling for an end to the police
crackdown on religious figures.

In tandem, Tibetans in exile in India have also launched a march to
Tibet to protest China holding the Olympics.

"Thanks to the efforts of the local government and the democratic
administration of the temple, the situation in Lhasa has been
stabilised," Qin said. PTI
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