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China will hold on to Tibet: Report
April 17, 2008 12:02 IST
China has a fundamental national interest in retaining Tibet [Images] as it is the Communist giant's "anchor" in the Himalayas, a leading US security thinktank has said.
"The Chinese see Tibet as a matter of fundamental national security, and they view pro-Tibetan agitation in the West as an attempt to strike at the heart of Chinese national security," the Stratfor said.
"The Chinese are therefore trapped. They are staging the Olympics [Images] in order to demonstrate Chinese cohesion and progress. But they must hold on to Tibet for national security reasons, and therefore their public relations strategy is
Neither India nor the US is particularly upset that the Europeans are thinking about cancelling attendance at various
According to Stratfor, China has few counter-moves to this pressure over Tibet.
"While China thus lacks politico-military options to counter the pressure, it also lacks economic options. It is highly dependent for its economic well-being on exports to the US and other countries; drawing money out of US financial
But the think tank said China will hold on to Tibet.
"The really interesting question is whether the stresses building up on China's central administration are beginning to