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China projects Kashmir as a separate country

October 21, 2009

Hindustan Times
October 19, 2009

Besides issuing separate visas to Indian passport
holders from Jammu and Kashmir, China is also
projecting the disputed territory as an independent country in other ways.

Visitors to Tibet, especially journalists invited
by the Chinese government, are given handouts
where Kashmir is indicated as a country separate from India.

Media kits providing "basic information" about
Tibet - which China attacked and annexed in the
1950s - says Tibet "borders with India, Nepal, Myanmar and Kashmir area".

Except the "Kashmir area", the other three are sovereign countries.

Maps too, available in China, Myanmar and Nepal,
show an India denuded of Kashmir.

Also, China's policy of extending assistance to
only the government of a country indicates it
considers India's nuclear rival and neighbour
Pakistan to be in control of
Pakistan-administered Kashmir by offering
financial assistance to build a dam on the Indus river there.

China, now locked in a row with India, is also
asking for the tightening of the open border
between India and Nepal that, it says, is
abetting anti-China activities and demonstrations
by Tibetans crossing into Nepal from India.

Beijing is also indirectly asking for the closure
of the seat of the Dalai Lama, the exiled leader
of the Tibetans, in Dharamshala in India, hinting
that such a step would improve India-China relations.

China, which fought a war with India in 1962,
says Arunachal Pradesh belongs to it. India says
it is an integral and inalienable part of India.

On the eve of the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal
Pradesh in November, China has been hurrying
Nepal to deploy armed security forces along the
border between northern Nepal and Tibet.

Both Nepal's Home Minister Bhim Rawal and Prime
Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal recently visited
Mustang, the northernmost district in Nepal to assess the security plan.

Mustang was once both part of an ancient Tibetan
kingdom and later the base of anti-China
guerrilla attacks by Tibet's Khampa warriors.
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