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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

China tells India to handle Tibet issue cautiously

July 15, 2010

By Phurbu Thinley
Phayul
July 13, 2010

Dharamsala, July 13 -- China on Tuesday asked
India to "honour its commitments and cautiously
handle" issues related to Tibet and Tibetan
exiles in India, Chinese state-controlled news agency said.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang's
remark at a regular news briefing in Beijing
follows Indian foreign secretary Nirupama Rao's
meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in
Dharamsala, the seat of the Tibet's government in
exile in north India, on Saturday.

China has made clear its stance on the issue to
the Indian side, Xinhua news agency cited Qin as saying.

"The Indian government has repeatedly
acknowledged to China that it recognizes Tibet as
part of China's territory and does not allow
exiled Tibetans to conduct anti-China activities
on the Indian territory," Qin told reporters.

Rao’s visit to Dharamsala was kept away from the
media like earlier visits by her predecessors
Syam Saran and Shiv Shankar Menon.

Tibetan government-in-exile has expressed
happiness after Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama
Rao's meeting with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala
which lasted for about an hour. Top Tibetan
officials, including Tibetan prime minister Prof
Samdhong Rinpoche, were also present in the meeting.

An Official in the Dalai Lama's office said
"issues of common interests" were discussed during the meeting.

Tibetan officials said Rao's visit, which came
less than a week after India’s National Security
Adviser (NSA) Shiv Shankar Menon met Chinese
premiere Wen Jiabao, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi
and State Councillor Dai Binguo in Beijing, was a
routine courtesy call to the Dalai Lama.

Indian government officials had declined to
comment on Rao's meeting with the Dalai Lama, who
last week celebrated his 75th birthday.

Indian main-stream media speculated that the
Rao's visit could reflect India's indignation
over the Chinese actions harming India's legitimate concerns.

Indo-Chinese relations have become increasingly
prickly in recent times over such issues as
trade, their disputed Himalayan border and
China's recent actions vis-a-vis Pakistan.

Indian media also reported the discussions
between Rao and the exiled Tibetan leadership
touched on the activities of Tibetan exiles in India.

The Dalai Lama usually describes India’s position on Tibet as "overcautious."

During the visit, Rao was also greeted by more
radical Tibetan refugees who asked the Indian
government to review its policy of accepting the
Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) as part of China, and pushed for independence.
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