China Pats Nepal Over Its Handing of Tibet Issue

The 21-member Chinese visiting delegates led by He Yong, vice-premier and secretary at the secretariat of the 17th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, arrived in Kathmandu Saturday afternoon on a six day visit.

He Yong, expressed satisfaction over Nepal’s ‘one China’ policy and the alertness adopted by Nepal over the Tibet issue during his meeting with the Nepalese Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal on Sunday.

Prime Minister Nepal had reaffirmed Nepal’s 'one China' policy and said the government would not allow any outfit on its territory during his meeting with the Chinese delegates.

Nepali congress acting President Sushil Koirala, and UCPN Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and other leaders met the Chinese delegates and had discussion on various ranges of issues including recent political situation of the country and bilateral relation between the two countries, according to Himalayan Times.

The Maoist leadership had also reaffirmed the Chinese delegates of their commitment to the One China Policy, and assured them of "not letting the Nepali soil to be used against China."

Following the "massive" anti-China unrest in Tibet in 2008, China has been sending a flurry of high-level official delegations to Nepal to ensure it effectively curbs "Free-Tibet activities” on its soil. In return China promises to increase assistance to the crisis-ridden neighbor.

Nepal is home to about 20,000 exiled Tibetans who began arriving in large numbers in 1959 after the Dalai Lama fled Tibet following a failed uprising against the Chinese.

Approximately 2,500 Tibetan refugees escape into exile annually, travelling through Nepal en route to Dharamsala in northern India where their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile are based. However the number of the Tibetan refugees escaping from Nepal has decreased in the recent years following China’s growing influence in Nepal.

Some information for this report was provided by HimalyanTime and Phayul