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India indicated that it raised rights situation in Tibet with China

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. (Photo courtesy: hindustantimes.com)
Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. (Photo courtesy: hindustantimes.com)

(TibetanReview.net, Jul27, 2017) – While there has hardly been any report of India ever having taken up with China the situation of human rights in occupied Tibet, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has indicated on Jul 27 that New Delhi did indeed raise it. However, apart from this bald assertion, she has not indicated when, where and in what context the issue was raised.

Asked in the Rajya Sabha (Council of States), the Upper House of India’s Parliament, whether India had remained a mute spectator to allegations of atrocities in Tibet, the Minister has said, “We are not sitting as a mute spectator. Whenever there are differences, we raise them.”

She said there was no quid pro quo with China on the issue of “sufferings” of the Tibetan people and stapled visas being given to Arunachal Pradesh residents by Beijing, reported India’s PTI news agency Jul 27.

China, it may be noted, has been issuing visa stapled on a loose sheet of paper to Indian passport holders from Arunachal Pradesh, which it claims is part of southern Tibet.

In this connection, when asked about India’s stand on Tibet, Ms Swaraj has said, “We used to earlier talk of One China policy, but we used to say that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India. And when we say that, we want that China should also recognise this. Our policy has been made very clear.”

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