China Urges India to Handle Tibet Related Issues Catiously

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang Tuesday urged India to honor its commitments and cautiously handle issues related to exile Tibetans in India.

Qin made the remark in response to Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao's meeting with Tibet’s exiled leader, the Dalai Lama at his residence in Northern India.

"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," said Qin.

The Tibetan government-in-exile has expressed happiness after Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao's meeting with the Dalai Lama and other top Tibetan officials including Tibetan prime minister Samdhong Rinpoche at Dharamsala, the seat of Tibetan government-in-exile.

A spokesman for the Dalai Lama said the two discussed issues of common interest during a closed-door meeting that lasted more than an hour.

Neighboring China has complained about Tibetan exiles' activities in India and accused the Dalai Lama of trying to stir up tensions between Beijing and New Delhi. India's government says it does not allow any anti-China activities on its territory, including Dharamsala.

The Dalai Lama has lived in exile since fleeing Tibet after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959. An estimated 140,000 Tibetans now live in exile, about 100,000 of them in India.

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.

Some information for this report was provided by Xinhua