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BRICS summit: China appreciates India's steps to quell Tibetan protests

China appreciated effective and concrete measures taken by India in quelling the demonstrations and ensuring safe and smooth holding of the BRICS summit.

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Amid continuing protest by Tibetans against the Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit, China on Thursday appreciated effective and concrete measures taken by India in quelling the demonstrations and ensuring safe and smooth holding of the BRICS summit.

Chinese government also expressed regret over troubles created by the pro-Tibetan elements for India ahead and during the fourth Summit of BRICS, Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa.

Hu's two-day visit for the meeting triggered a wave of anti-China protests despite crackdown on Tibetans and stepped-up security by police for the meeting.

"The Chinese side appreciates the effective and concrete measures taken by the Government of India in overcoming the disruptions and the disturbances and in ensuring the safe and smooth holding of the (BRICS) summit meeting," Director General of the Department of Asian Affairs in Chinese government Luo Zhaohui said.

Luo, who is part of Hu's delegation here, accused the Dalai Lama and the pro-Tibetan elements of trying to push extreme and radical views by glorifying and instigating extreme behaviour.

"This is not consistent with teachings of Buddhism and it (the protests) is aimed at political purposes. We are strongly opposed to it," he said.

A group of Tibetans today unfurled a Tibetan flag near the five-star hotel where Hu was attending the BRICS summit while yesterday, a group of Tibetans attempted to storm Oberoi Hotel where the Chines President is staying.

Noting that India is committed to recognise Tibet as an inalienable part of China, he expressed regret over troubles created by the pro-Tibetan elements for Indian government ahead of the summit.

"It is the commitment of the Indian government that it recognises the Tibetan Autonomous Region as an inalienable part of territory of the Republic of China and that India will never allow any people to use India to engage in so called pro Tibetan activities.

"We are regretful that the so called pro-Tibetan elements have created trouble for government of India," Luo said.

Apparently referring to death of a Tibetan youth here who had set himself ablaze during a protest against Hu's visit here, Luo expressed regret over loss of innocent life.

About overall ties between the two countries, he said the relationship has been enjoying "very sound momentum" which is characterised by frequent political contacts at the highest levels, increasing people-to-people contacts, deepening two-way trade and cooperation on international issues.

On the border issue, he said the mechanism of meeting between the special representatives of the two governments have been progressing in a "smooth and successful" way as both the sides have been able to maintain peace and tranquility on the border.
 

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