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Nepal's Home Minister visits China to discuss security against Tibetans

February 9, 2010

Tibetan Review
February 7, 2010

Nepal's Home Minister Mr Bhim Rawal Feb 6 led an
eight-member delegation on a week-long visit to
Lhasa and Beijing to discuss border control and
preventing so-called "anti-China" activities by
Tibetans on Nepal’s soil, according to the IANS news service Feb 6.

The report said Rawal, accompanied by the chiefs
of Nepal Police, Armed Police and state
intelligence agency National Investigation
Department, would discuss security cooperation
along the Tibet-Nepal border areas with his
Chinese counterpart. It added that Rawal was
going to discuss border security with China in a
bid to prevent protests by Tibetan refugees in
Nepal in 2010 and the mass fleeing of Tibetans to India via Nepal.

The report said Nepal had already deployed armed
policemen to patrol 10 of the districts in the
north along the border it shares with Tibet at
Beijing’s prodding, causing a dramatic fall in
the number of Tibetans fleeing their occupied
country. It noted that China was especially
concerned about alleged anti-China activities in
Nepal’s northernmost district of Mustang, an
ancient Tibetan kingdom and a Tibetan guerilla base in the 1960s.

Nepal had earlier requested a postponement of a
ground-breaking meeting of the home ministers of
SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional
Cooperation) scheduled to be held in Pakistan
apparently to enable Rawal to undertake the China trip.
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