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Tibetans confirm WikiLeak

December 30, 2010

By Loa Iok-sin / Staff Reporter

Taiwan Times

Sat, Dec 25, 2010 - Page 1

Tibetans living in Taiwan yesterday confirmed WikiLeaks’ revelation that
the number of Tibetans that escape from Tibet into India has fallen
sharply in recent years because China is paying Nepal to arrest Tibetan
refugees.

According to cables sent by an unnamed officer at the US embassy in New
Delhi and made public on the WikiLeaks Web site on Sunday, the Chinese
government “rewards [Nepali forces] by providing financial incentives to
officers who hand over Tibetans attempting to exit China.”

“Beijing has asked Kathmandu to step up patrols ... and make it more
difficult for Tibetans to enter Nepal,” the released cables say.

Regional Tibetan Youth -Congress-Taiwan president Tashi Tsering said
that he was not surprised at all by the news in the leaked cables.

“This is actually not news, we’ve all heard stories of Tibetans being
arrested by Nepali police and sent into Chinese hands,” Tashi told the
Taipei Times via telephone. “The Chinese pay the Nepalese police to do
so, they also put political pressure on the Nepali government.”

Tashi said that China is gaining more influence in Nepal because it
provides a large amount of financial assistance to the Himalayan state.

Dawa Tsering, chairman of the Tibet Religious Foundation of His Holiness
the Dalai Lama — the de facto embassy of the exiled government in Taiwan
— said that while arrests of Tibetan refugees by Nepali authorities have
always happened, the number of such cases has increased dramatically
since the Maoist government took office in 2008.

“Before, there were between 3,000 and 4,000 Tibetan refugees crossing
the Himalayas into India through Nepal each year,” Dawa said. “However,
since the Maoist party took office, the number has reduced to about 500
to 600 each year.”

He said that China is behind the dramatic decrease in the number of
refugees.

“China has gained so much influence in Nepal that now Nepal is like a
province of China,” Dawa said. “Many Tibetan refugees said that they saw
officials from the Chinese embassy behind Nepalese police officers when
they arrested Tibetan refugees.”

Dawa said that although the refugee reception centers set up by the
Tibetan government in exile in Nepal are under UN jurisdiction, “the
Nepalese police have nevertheless raided the reception centers several
times to arrest specific Tibetan refugees wanted by the Chinese
government and turn them into Chinese hands.”
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