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  • Indian Govt Worried about Tibet's Militarisation | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) News-Room Databank
    trying to resolve a festering boundary dispute which led to the 1962 war The report promises to work together with China to maintain peace and tranquility along their 3 500 km long border pending a settlement of the boundary dispute Analysts say that Tibet s rapid militarisation is a major cause of concern for India as it enhances the reach and penetrability of China s defense forces particularly the air force India is suspicious of Beijing s motives for building the 1 118 km long railway the world s highest from the Tibetan capital Lhasa to Golmud in western China since 2001 The two countries have had an uneasy relationship of mutual distrust and rivalry since the 1962 war Beijing distrusts India after it gave shelter to the Dalai Lama Tibet s spiritual leader following a 1959 revolt against Chinese rule and a Tibetan government in exile is still headquartered at Dharamsala in India But bilateral ties have been improving since 2001 when former National People s Congress Chairman Li Peng spent eight days in India And last year former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee paid a highly successful visit to China the first by an Indian premier in 10

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  • India, China Begin Talks on Border Issue | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    dispute from a political perspective and evolve a framework to help address the dispute as per the India China joint statement issued in June this year After the discussions Mr Mishra hosted a dinner at Hyderabad House in honour of Mr Dai No details of the meeting were released to the press However depending on the deliberations a formal statement may be issued to the media A significant part of the agenda however is that Mr Dai and Mr Mishra both of whom enjoy the confidence of their leaders will fix a date to meet again Tomorrow Mr Dai will call on the Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha He is also expected to visit Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram According to official sources the fact that Mr Dai and Mr Mishra will meet again show that the two sides are serious about the process which it is hoped will help resolve the border dispute Prior to the meeting of Mr Vajpayee and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao in Bali earlier this month Beijing informed New Delhi that it would remove Sikkim from the list of independent countries maintained on the official Chinese Foreign Ministry website

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  • No Breakthrough Expected: Kanwal Sibal | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    border is not a continuous one but spread across three sectors An encouraging factor has been the exchange of maps of the central sector he said The western and eastern sectors are considered more controversial The prime minister would leave for Beijing on Sunday morning accompanied by a high level delegation including businessmen This is the first visit by an Indian prime minister to China in 10 years Sibal pointed out that Vajpayee is no stranger to China having been there as foreign minister in 1979 just a couple of years after the two sides re established diplomatic relations after the 1962 war In 1993 Vajpayee visited China as part of a parliamentary delegation The present visit will allow him to see for himself the changes that China has undergone since then During his four day stay in China the prime minister will make three important speeches There would be two business meets one in Beijing and the other in Shanghai with the latter focusing on Information Technology During the visit both countries would sign several bilateral accords including one to ease visa norms The visit and its agenda with the stress on business reflect the growing diversification in bilateral

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  • US-India Defence alliance To Contain China | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    unidentified US admiral saying that a positive relationship with India was a hedge against future Chinese ambitions The USA and India both view China as a strategic threat and share an interest in understanding Chinese strategic intent though we do not discuss this publicly the admiral said The report noted Indian and US views of China were strikingly similar predicated to keeping China out of the Indian Ocean region where

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  • 14th Round Indo-China Meeting on LAC | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    Working Group on the Line of Actual Control LAC will be held here on November 21 during which the western sector will come up for discussion foreign office spokesperson Navtej Sarma said today India and China had already sorted out their differences on the boundary issue in the Middle Sector and have been exchanged maps The spokesman said the boundary dispute between New Delhi and Beijing was a complicated one

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  • Fernandes Back On Dragon Trail | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    on the dragon hunt Now he wants the J K territory in POK that has been handed over by Pakistan to China back with India Well there s nothing wrong with articulating this position But why do it when the two countries are engaged in smoothening the rough edges created in recent months Says China expert and dean of School of International Studies JNU GP Deshpande Purely in terms of legalese it is true India lays claim to that part of Kashmir under Pakistani control Likewise when Pakistan ceded parts of that to China India did raise objections But the fact that there is a part of J K effectively under Pakistani control some of it under Chinese control is a well known ground reality and merely reiterating this position does not help much It seems a political view of the matter hasn t been taken But what does it reflect on the functioning of the cabinet in which the foreign policy portfolio is held by the prime minister Fernandes as a member of this cabinet is not a team player says former foreign secretary JN Dixit In a coalition there has to be a deliberate effort at ensuring cohesion in defence finance and foreign policy George has a separate agenda on foreign policy It is rooted in the ideology of Ram Manohar Lohia and has nothing to do with the changing realities or nature of national interests Like Lohia who was totally opposed to China absorbing Tibet George is a firm believer in liberating Tibet from China Concurs Deshpande Fernandes comments seem to me to be spur of the moment off the cuff remarks It s another indication that there is no meeting of minds no unity of vision among the present coalition partners Hence there are far too many disparate voices If the government is to last its full term it must play by the rules of the cabinet Another foreign secretary SK Singh also thinks that it is Fernandes Lohiaite background that is responsible for his anti China stance George s problem has been that he has been a bit of an agitator rather than a builder of institutions He is a man of great ability but whatever prejudices he has those are very important in his life And on Tibet and China he has strong views Singh also feels that as defence minister Fernandes should be careful He feels that the defence minister s statements have reduced the possibility of a flexible response by India to China but we must also acknowledge that the Chinese are not blameless either He points to Beijing s help in building Islamabad s conventional armament industry and the nuclear and missile arsenal According to reports it was the Chinese who had sought the bilateral meeting with Jaswant Singh in Manila last month They have been insisting that since the Indians were responsible for the deterioration in bilateral relations New Delhi should undo the knot But what can India do Says

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  • Some Plainspeak, At Last | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    increasingly overt political activities of Tibetans The Indian response was standard that the government does not allow this kind of activity but as India is a democratic country it can t completely stop such protests But the more significant aspect of the visit was that the Indians perhaps for the first time did some straight talking with the Chinese Defence minister George Fernandes expressed India s concerns over the supply of Chinese missiles like M 11 and M 9 to Pakistan In fact India suspects that Ghauri the recently tested missile is a variant of a Chinese missile The Chinese expectedly denied they had supplied anything to Pakistan that would violate the Missile Technology Control Regime The visit brought out the dichotomy in India s approach to China While the defence ministry has always advocated a more aggressive and straight talking posture the MEA has tended to play it cautiously Army and defence ministry officials argue that they are the ones who have to deal constantly with the Chinese either on the border or face the repercussions of Chinese supplies to Pakistan of either nuclear or missile technology The MEA on its part hushes the contentious aspects of Sino Indian relations In fact the MEA was not happy when immediately after taking over Fernandes started issuing statements critical of the Chinese especially on the Ghauri missile The implementation of confidence building measures like redeployment and reduction of armed forces on the border delineation of the Line of Actual Control LAC the Chinese maps showing Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh as part of their territory were among the other issues which came up for discussion in Gen Fu s meetings with Fernandes In another meeting prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee drew attention to the problems along the LAC The Chinese official is believed to have agreed that the two countries should move forward in delineating the LAC The helipad in Arunachal Pradesh also came up during the talks Vajpayee had contradicted his defence minister s statement on this some weeks ago Sources said Gen Fu clearly conveyed to the Indian side that such issues should not be raised publicly The helipad was built some time in the mid 80s and the Indian government was aware of this It s a makeshift helipad occasionally used by the Chinese which the Chinese claim is on their side of the LAC in the Sumdarongchu valley The Indian army is believed to be keen on institutionalising a process of regular dialogue with the Chinese army While there is a system of flag meetings on the border there has been a certain drift in these contacts in recent years The Chinese are believed to have agreed to refocus attention on this issue Army chief Gen VP Malik is said to have taken this up with the Chinese delegation But it is difficult to see a direct institutionalised dialogue between the armed forces beginning in the near future Interestingly Gen Fu was accompanied by a tri service delegation

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  • The Ghost Of 1962 | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    and of any specified target for the volume of bilateral trade indicates that neither country assesses the other s potential complementarity too highly Jiang fulfilled a significant diplomatic objective by including Tibet Governor Gyaltsen Norbu and another representative of China s Tibetan Government in his delegation Perhaps he was testing the substance of India s Tibet policy to see if India would object to their presence We did not which was in conformity with our policies on Tibet since 1954 But this would be perceived by the Tibetans and the international community as India s decision to ignore Tibetan religious and political sensitivities On the boundary question it seemed that apart from calling for a rational and peaceful handling of the substantive aspects the basic approach was not to move forward on this issue I perceive a certain danger in this approach The 1993 pact about maintaining peace on the LAC was signed on the clear understanding that the LAC will not become the boundary between India and China Also that the boundary question would be addressed in substance building on the pacific atmosphere sought to be created on the LAC We should be aware that China has no interest in changing the current status of the Sino Indian border It would be happy with the LAC congealing itself into a sort of permanent border It is India which should be interested in coming to a permanent rational settlement to redress the events of 1962 If the focus of attention remains on stabilising the LAC India s basic interests might drift into oblivion Indian hesitations regarding raising substantive aspects of the boundary issue with the Chinese could defeat the purpose of the 1993 pact as well as the important objective of finding a fair and just settlement While our President articulated Indian concerns about certain elements in China s regional policies in terms of our national security one understands that in bilateral discussions with Jiang we mentioned our worries only in conceptual and macro level policy terms particularly China s nuclear missile and defence supplies cooperation with Pakistan One could criticise this approach but in my view indulging in a breast beating exercise with the Chinese on their cooperation with Pakistan would not have behoved India nor would it have resulted in any modification of China s policies This was evident from the Chinese spokesman s assertion that China s defence cooperation with Pakistan does not pose any threat to India s security Jiang of course talked about the positive potentialities of Sino Indian cooperation for ensuring peace development and prosperity in the whole Asian region He also talked about the civilisational linkages between India and China as the basis for a durable and fruitful relationship But Chinese policies were more candidly articulated in Islamabad where he assured the Pakistanis that Beijing would continue to cooperate with Islamabad in its nuclear and space activities for peaceful purposes More significantly he said China is in favour of a nuclear weapons free

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