» 04/23/2013 NEPAL - CHINA - TIBET Nepal promises China to crack down on Tibetan refugees by Kalpit Parajuli On a visit to Beijing, the leader of the Maoist party in Nepal Prachanda promises Xi Jinping to repress any anti-Chinese protests. "The national stability and integrity of both countries will not be compromised in the name of religious freedom and human rights."
Kathmandu (AsiaNews) - Nepal will stop any anti-Chinese protests, even by "repressing"
Tibetan refugees in Kathmandu who continue to ask for a free Tibet. This
was the promise renewed by Pushpa Kamal Dahal, chairman of the Maoist party of
Nepal (Unified Communist Party of Nepal, UCPN) nicknamed "Prachanda", to the
Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting in Beijing. The
two met on April 18, on the sidelines of a one-week visit to China by the
two leaders - reported Chudamani Khadka, Prachanda's personal assistant - talked about bilateral-interests and
importance of stable Nepal for stable and developed China. The UCPN-Maoist sticks
with the 'one-china policy' and we will support China to stop any anti-Chinese
activities in Nepali land. This was commitment by Dahal to new Chinese
is actually an old promise. Nepal
has 1,414 kilometers of common border with Tibet and 1990-2006 the parliamentary
monarchy, on the advice of India, allowed the free movement of Tibetan exiles into
the country. The
Dalai Lama and members of the Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharamsala (India)
visited the country several times, which is home to more than 20 thousand
the abolition of the monarchy in 2006 and the rise to power of communist and
Maoist formations Nepal has changed course, abandoning its historic ally India
and tying close relations with China. In
exchange for economic aid, Beijing has called for the closure of the borders
with Tibet and the repression of all anti-Chinese activities.