17 April 2013
China exerts influence on Nepal to crack down Tibetan political activities
The New York Times reports that Chinese officials are seeking to enlist the help of the Nepalese authorities in cracking down on the political activities of the 20.000 Tibetans in Nepal. China is exerting its influence across Nepal in a variety of ways, mostly involving financial incentives. In Mustang, China is providing 50.000 US dollars in annual food aid and sending military officials across the border to discuss with local Nepalese what the ceremonial prince of Mustang calls ‘border security.’ Nepalese police regularly detains Tibetans during anti-China protests in Katmandu, and have curbed celebrations of the birthday of the Dalai Lama.