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Petition: China-India border deal


There is an underside to what is being protrayed as an important step
towards peace in Asia. Visiting New Delhi, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao
signed an agreement with India to resolve border disputes dating to the
Sino-Indian war of 1962, in which China seized a contested stretch of the
Himalayas known as Aksai Chin. Geographically a part of Kashmir (itself
contested by India and Pakistan), Aksai Chin is strategic to China not only
because it controls a pass through the mountains which could serve as an
invasion route, but (perhaps more importantly) because it straddles both of
western China's restive internal colonies: Tibet and Xinkiang. Delhi and
Beijing have remained at odds over the territory since the brief war, and
only restored direct air links in 2002. (See CNN, May 24, 2002)

In the new deal, India agrees to recognize Chinese sovereignty over Aksai
Chin, in exchange for Beijing's recognition of India's claim to Sikkim, an
Indian state sandwiched between Nepal and Bhutan which China has heretofore
insisted was an independent country (it had been a British and then Indian
protectorate until official union with India in 1975). China also agreed to
recognize India's control over Arunachal Pradesh, which follows the
Sino-Indian border between Bhutan and Burma-like Sikkim, a considerably
less strategic piece of real estate than Aksai Chin. (Indian Express, April
13; Economic Times, April 12).


Please sign the this peition to be forwarded to the Indian Parliament and
PM of India to reconsider this border deal. This will shift the balance of
power in Asia and will possibly in the future provoke India into more
disputes. It seems that neither party has recognized the Tibetan refugees
in the negotiating process and severely undermines this community.

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