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Editorial: No anti-neighbor activities, please!

October 6, 2010

Republica (Nepal)
October 5, 2010

The Nepali government on Sunday foiled voting to
nominate candidates for prime minister and
members of Tibetan government-in-exile. As Nepal
hosts a significant number of Tibetan refugees,
from the Tibetan point of view, it was alright to
let the Tibetan living in Nepal cast their votes
to choose their next prime ministerial
candidates. However, from Nepal’s standpoint,
which adheres strictly to the one-China policy,
and which has made commitments to both our
neighbors, India and China, that it would not let
any activities from its soil that undermines
their national security and territorial
integrity, the voting process was outright
against its foreign policy and local laws. There
is no question that if the voting was allowed,
especially at a time when China has repeatedly
raised the issue of anti-China activities in
Nepal, it would have been viewed by the Chinese
side as one in a series of anti-China activities
(read pro-Tibetan independence activities). By
stopping the voting, the government has sent a
clear signal to the Tibetans living in Nepal not
to do anything that would sabotage Nepal’s
friendly ties with China, and has upheld our
commitment to one-China policy. Tibet, being a
sensitive issue linked with China’s national
security and territorial integrity, the
government’s decision to stop the voting was quite appropriate.

While we sympathize with the Tibetans who, for
one reason or the other, are forced to live in
exile – about 20,000 of them in Nepal – we
certainly expect them to respect the laws of the
country, and not do anything that make us appear
insincere in front of our northern neighbor.
Certain outside powers and their agencies who
have time and again supported, encouraged and
funded Tibetan political movements in Nepal
should not make Nepal a ground to foster their
anti-China agenda. The outside powers, because of
the clout they enjoy when dealing with China,
should raise the Tibetan issue with China
directly, instead of launching and funding
agitations from Nepal, if they are really
concerned about Tibetans in Tibet and elsewhere.

Both China and India, the two emerging Asian
giants, mean a lot to us. Because of our
geographic location and an absence of a strong
and stable government in recent times, many
anti-China and anti-India groups are finding it
easier to operate from Nepali territory. For us,
to translate the commitments we have made in
words into action, we have to be ever vigilant of
such groups who are here to make Nepal a
launching pad of anti-China and anti-India
activities. We have to assure both our neighbors
that we will do all we can to stop any activities against them
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