[News] India bewildered over China’s actions on Kashmir but Not Pakistan

 KATHMANDU: Indian officials are bewildered over China’s latest actions vis-à-vis Kashmir. Besides issuing separate visas to Indian passport holders from occupied Kashmir, China is also projecting the region as an independent country in other ways.  It is to be rememberd that Kashmir which (international includes Gilgit-Baltistan) is a disputed region between Inida and Pakistan and both have fought three wars over the dispute of Kashmir, the recent one is Kargil war located in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Visitors to Tibet, especially journalists invited by the Chinese government, are given handouts where occupied Kashmir is indicated as a country separate from India. Media kits providing ‘basic information’ about Tibet says Tibet ‘borders with India, Nepal, Myanmar and Kashmir area.’ Except the ‘Kashmir area,’ the other three are sovereign countries. Maps too, available in China, Myanmar and Nepal, show an India denuded of Kashmir.

China, now locked in a row with India, is also asking for the tightening of the open border between India and Nepal that, it says, is abetting anti-China activities and demonstrations by Tibetans crossing into Nepal from India.

Beijing is also indirectly asking New Delhi for the closure of the seat of the Dalai Lama, the exiled leader of the Tibetans, in Dharamshala, hinting that such a step would improve India-China relations.

China, which fought a war with India in 1962, says Arunachal Pradesh belongs to it. Delhi says it is an integral and inalienable part of India.

In the build-up to the Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh next month, China has been hurrying Nepal to deploy armed security forces along the border between northern Nepal and Tibet.

Both Nepal’s Home Minister Bhim Rawal and Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal recently visited Mustang, the northernmost district in Nepal, to assess the security plan.

Mustang was once both part of an ancient Tibetan kingdom and later the base of anti-China guerilla attacks by Tibet’s Khampa warriors. —Courtesy the Times of India

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