Tibetans-in-exile disappointed by India's 'One-China' policy

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Dharamshala, Jan 16 : Tibetans- in-exile living here are disappointed by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh statement during his recently concluded visit to China that India would follow the 'One-China' policy.

The Tibetans-in-exile contended that freedom and human rights should have got predominance over economic interests.

"I am disappointed by the fact that India has compromised on its core values. I feel it's important to think that human rights and freedom are more important than business'" said Tsewang, President Of Tibetan Youth Congress.

The Tibetans-in-exile feel that the Indian policy has damaged their cause for freedom of Tibet. They hoped that India would raise in some form the Tibetan issue during Dr. Singh's visit.

"First of all, this policy is not that is something new. This has been in existence since along time. Unfortunately, as Tibetans we feel that the Indian Government has a great responsibility and role to play as long as Tibet issue is not resolved. There would be Chinese military forces on the border with Tibet on the other side," said Tsering Choeying, President, Students of free Tibet of Indian Chapter.

An estimated 134,000 Tibetans live in exile, a majority of them in India and Nepal.

China has appreciated India's assurance that New Delhi will oppose any activity that is against the 'one-China principle'.

China wants to establish diplomatic relationships with all countries as long as they abide by the "One China" policy, Chinese Foreign Ministry had earlier said.

ANI

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