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Sikkim issue unresolved: China

Anil K Joseph in Beijing | June 24, 2003 14:49 IST

Sikkim is 'an enduring issue left over from history' and cannot be resolved overnight, China said on Monday.

"We have to respect history. We have to take into consideration realistic factors," Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Kong Quan said at his scheduled biweekly briefing attended by Indian journalists covering Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's visit to China.

In an agreement on border trade, India and China had on Monday decided to open trade routes through Sikkim and Tibet. The Indian media interpreted this as recognition by China that Sikkim is a part of India.

The agreement and a joint declaration will be issued on Tuesday.

The Indian media had reported that the Indian government has, in these documents, acknowledged Tibetan Autonomous Region as a part of the People's Republic of China.

The Chinese spokesman said credit has to be given to Vajpayee and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao for whatever is in the formulation on Tibet.

India has admitted that TAR is an 'inalienable' part of China, he added.


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Sub: Deceived by the Cunning Chinese Once Again!!

History often repeats itself. And the best example is always there to see in case of India. We recognized Tibet as inseperable part of China ...


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Dear Indian Brother and Sisters, I am a Tibetan living in Canada for the past 3 years now but I still miss my life at ...


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Typical china behaviour.and after Indians have agreed that Tibet is part of China, they have started that Sikkim is unresolved.They may start moving to assam, ...


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we agreed that Tibet is an Integral part of China, and China didn't agree Sikkim to be integral part of India and our politicians accepted ...


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Uptill now the whole world acknowledged that Tibet a independant country was annexed by China.So what right does the Indian government have to acknowledge otherwise.Specially ...


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