`Address Tibet issue to resolve Indo-China border dispute`

Last Updated: Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 19:16

Dharamsala: The Tibetan government-in-exile
on Thursday said the border dispute between India and China cannot
be resolved until the issue of Tibet is addressed first.

"The issue of Tibet is centrally linked to the
long-standing boundary dispute between India and China. It
would be a wishful thinking on the part of the two countries
to hope for a lasting solution to their border dispute unless
the issue of Tibet hangs in the balance," the Central Tibetan
Administration said in a statement here.

"In fact, there is no Sino-India border. Tibet is
intertwined with the boundary problem between these two
countries. There needs to be a political will in both India
and China to resolve the boundary dispute." Tibetan Prime
Minister-in-exile (Kalon Tripa) Samdhong Rinpoche said.

He, however, said China had been all along more rigid on
the issue.

The statement has came when the Chinese premier Wen
Jiabao is on a three-day visit to India.

On reported construction of tunnels by China in the
western part of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), he said
it was "a great security threat to the entire Indian
sub-continent."

"Not only this, the China`s construction of railway line
extending to Nepal and near India`s border in Sikkim was also
a great threat to India," Rinpoche warned.

He said the Central Tibetan Administration wants stable
relationship between the two Asian giants as it would usher
durable peace in the region.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 19:16

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