Join our Mailing List

"Canada can, within a positive friendly atmosphere, ask the Chinese government to resolve the Tibetan situation."

China intensifies border vigil along Nepal-Tibet border

March 17, 2008

The Hindu
Sunday, March 16, 2008

Kathmandu (PTI): China has stepped up security along its border with
Nepal in Tibet fearing more anti-China protests.

In the wake of several anti-China protests in Kathmandu last week,
Chinese authorities have asked their Nepalese counterparts to watch for
pro-Tibet protests, officials said.

"The number of security personnel deployed on Nepal-Tibet border has
been significantly increased in the recent period. The number of Chinese
border guards have also been increased, and the patrolling on Chinese
side of the border has also been intensified," said Chief District
Administrator of Sindhupalchowk district Kailash Kharel.

Chinese officials have been mainly concerned about the possible protests
in Tibet and clashes between police and Tibetan refugees, officials said.

They said that Nepalese police were also on alert to deal with any
untoward situation along the border.

The Tatopani Nepal-Tibet border situated about 100 km. east of
Kathmandu, is the main land route connecting Tibet and Nepal. Every year
thousands of Tibetan refugees cross into Nepal risking their lives
through the heavily guarded border post at Tatopani on way to Dharamsala
in Himachal Pradesh to meet their spiritual guru the Dalai Lama.

As violence erupted in Tibet due to Chinese intervention against the
Tibetan demonstrators in recent days, Nepal also witnessed several
anti-China protests.

Dozens of Tibetan refugees were injured in clashes with police in
Kathmandu during the week-long protests. Police yesterday broke up a
protest in front of the United Nations office here by 250 Tibetans and
arrested at least two dozen of them.

Meanwhile, Nepal has, on China's request, halted expedition to Mt
Everest from the southern side for 10 days. However, officials here deny
that China has made any such request.
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665   ctcoffice@tibet.ca
Developed by plank