China trains Nepalese forces to check anti-Beijing activities

China is providing special training to Nepalese security forces and top administrative officials in a bid to check anti-Beijing activities in Nepal, particularly by the Tibetan refugees living in the country.

Updated: Nov 10, 2010, 00:11 AM IST

Kathmandu: China is providing special training to Nepalese security forces and top administrative
officials in a bid to check anti-Beijing activities in Nepal,
particularly by the Tibetan refugees living in the country.

Officials from Nepal Police and Armed Police Force
(APF) from the Rasuwa, Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha, Mustang and
Solukhumbhu districts are in China for the training in
Beijing, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) said.

A team consisting of chief district officers of Kaski
and Dolpa are also attending the two-week training from
Tuesday, the Kantipur online said today.

The report quoting sources said the training programme
for the Nepalese security forces and officials reinforces
Beijing`s concern over anti-China activities, particularly due
to the presence of Tibetan refugees in Nepal.

China has stepped up pressure on Nepal to clamp down
on the anti-Beijing protests by the exiled community here.
Theses protests have been a source of embarrassment to Nepal`s
government, which wants strong ties with China.

Sandwiched between India and China, Nepal has upheld
Beijing`s "One China"policy that views Tibet as an integral
part of China. It has repeatedly assured Beijing that it will
not allow its territory to be used against the communist
nation.

During his recent visit to China, President Ram Baran
Yadav assured Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao that it would not
allow "any force" to "damage" Chinese interest in its
territory.

Last week, Yadav told Wen that Nepal staunchly adheres
to "One-China policy" and will not allow any force to damage
China`s interests on Nepali territory."

Last month, Tibetans living in Nepal tried to hold
elections for their government-in-exile, but authorities
thwarted their attempts after Chinese pressure.

Ramesh Kharel, the chief of the Metropolitan Police
Range in the capital who left for China last week, is also
attending similar training, the report said.

China has mounted pressure on the caretaker government
to tighten security along its border with Nepal so as to
restrict Tibetans from entering the country.

Chinese pressure in the run-up to the Olympics in
Beijing in August 2008 led to the deployment of around 200
Armed Police Force personnel on the Nepal-Tibet border in
Sindhupalchowk.

China has asked Nepal to deploy around 10,000 security
personnel along the Sino-Nepal border to guard against fleeing
Tibetans and infiltration into Tibet, according to security
sources.

Beijing has assured all possible assistance needed to
make the arrangements. However, APF`s feasibility study for
the deployment of APF in Rasuwa and Mustang in mid-October
shows that it would be a difficult task to guard the northern
border mainly due to the jagged terrain.

MoHA Spokesperson Jaya Mukunda Khanal, however, said
the training was a part of regular cooperation to bolster the
country`s immigration system.

PTI