Through The Static

March 23, 2008

In India, Balancing Refugee Care and Relations With China

Filed under: Politics,World News — disciplepete @ 11:26 pm

This is a NYT article about India’s effort to maintain a good relationship with China while hosting the largest Tibetan refugee community.

The schism within the Tibetan refugee community reflects its awkward position as a guest in India, a country that has long tried to strike a delicate balance between maintaining good relations with China, its powerful neighbor, and allowing the Dalai Lama and his followers, who are based here, to keep their cause alive. The explosion of the Tibetan crisis has made that high-wire act even more difficult to maintain.

India is host to the largest Tibetan refugee population in the world, now about 100,000 people, but has conditioned the refugees’ stay on a promise not to carry out anti-Chinese activities on Indian soil. The two rising world powers have tried to improve relations after decades of mistrust rooted in a brief border war in 1962. (article)

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