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China seeks, India grants reassurance on Tibet issue

June 9, 2010

(www.TibetanReview.net, May 30, 2010)  India recognizes Tibet Autonomous Region as part of the territory of the People's Republic of China and will not allow any Tibetans to carry out anti-China political activities in Indian territory, China?s official Xinhua news agency May 28 cited Indian President Pratibha Patil of India as telling China?s top political advisor Jia Qinglin during their May 28 meeting in Beijing.

Indian print, online and television news reports cited Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao as saying Mrs Patil gave the reassurance after it was sought by Mr Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). Daily Pioneer online May 28 quoted Rao as saying: "All issues were raised and spoken about. And they have sought greater understanding. Jia sought, in the course of conversation, India's position on the Tibet issue. He wanted India's reassurance that on India's soil no anti-Chinese activities are allowed to take place."

"They wanted our reiteration and assurance on this point," she was further quoted as saying.

According to IndianExpress.com May 28, Jia had described the Dalai Lama as more of a political leader than a spiritual figure. However, it added, Patil had called the Dalai Lama a spiritual leader who stays in India.

Patil had arrived in Beijing on May 26 for the week-long state visit, the first by an Indian head of state in the last decade.

Apart from meeting with President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao, and National People's Congress Chairman Wu Bangguo, Patil was scheduled to visit the World Expo in Shanghai and the White Horse Temple, a famous Buddhist temple in Luoyang of central China's Henan Province.

During the series of meetings, the two sides made the right noise about their common interests and concerns, with Mr Wu quoted by Xinhua May 27 as saying, "China and India do not pose as threat to each other and their common interests far outweigh differences." Likewise, PTI May 28 cited Ma Jishieng, deputy director general of the Chinese foreign ministry, as saying Sino-Indian relations had entered a new era of cooperation and at present they are going through "best times".

And the Daily Pioneer report further quoted Mrs Rao as saying: "The president had the highest level of meetings and they have been fruitful and meaningful. Both sides clearly desired that the 60th year of establishment of diplomatic ties between India and China should be the starting point of further boosting their relationship."

However, on an issue of major concern to India, namely support for permanent membership of UN Security Council, China remained entirely unrelenting.

Meanwhile, on May 29 morning, President Patil inaugurating an Indian-style Buddhist Temple in the White Horse Temple complex in Luoyang, a prefecture-level city in western Henan province. Luoyang's Bai Ma Si or White Horse Temple is considered the cradle of Chinese Buddhism. And this was because of two Indian monks - Kashyapamatanga and Dharmaratna - who made it their base to preach Buddhism from, noted a hindustantimes.com report May 29.

"The Indian-style Buddhist temple is a gift from the people of India to a sister civilization, one with which we share so many valuable associations and memories of interaction. It is particularly appropriate that this inauguration takes place during the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of India and the People's Republic of China," President Patil was quoted as saying.
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