Beijing is clearly nervous about next week in Tibet. March 10 will be the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan rebellion and eventual flight of the Dalai Lama to India. The Tibetans chose not to celebrate the traditional new year this time as a mark of respect to those who were killed in the pre-Olympics protests last year. So,China sent a special envoy in the form of Assistant Foreign Minister Hu Zhengyue to New Delhi recently to remind India of its commitment not to allow Tibetans to use Indian territory for anti-China protests. His bigger diplomatic mission,however,was in Kathmandu. He handed over the draft of the new Friendship Treaty Beijing proposes to have with Kathmandu,which it is prepared to sign next month. But the sub-text was good behaviour on the Tibetan front: no protests,immediate expulsion of Tibetans crossing into Nepal and a clear recognition of Beijings One China policy. To Indias dismay, the Maoist Government in Nepal has not shared the details of its conversation with China.
Published: March 9, 2009 11:56:27 pm