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Delhi, June 8: Over 500 Tibetans and Tibet supporter were to gather at Chinese Embassy in Delhi Sunday to highlight the situation inside Tibet but protest organisers said that the Delhi police department banned any such gathering at the Chinese embassy.

Tibet-TYC-Delhi-India-2014Delhi, June 8: Over 500 Tibetans and Tibet supporter were to gather at Chinese Embassy in Delhi Sunday to highlight the situation inside Tibet but protest organisers said that the Delhi police department banned any such gathering at the Chinese embassy.

Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC)the organizers of the protest were put under lockdown and Delhi police barred Tibetans from the Tibetan colony at Majnu ka tilla preventing anyone from moving out of the colony. Since the illegal occupation of Tibet in 1959 over 1.2 million Tibetans have died.

The situation inside Tibet remains critical and perhaps one could even claim that the current crisis therein is the most volatile it has been since China's occupation of Tibet. Over 130 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in self-immolation calling for the freedom and independence of their nation.

This protest coincides with the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to Delhi. Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) the organizers of this protest states that they are pleased to hear and welcome Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit to India. While TYC acknowledges that the visit will mainly consist of talks in regards to the overall benefits of the two nations, they urge Indian Prime Minister to speak on the issue of Tibet.

TYC appeals Prime Minister Modi to help bring about immediate and positive change for Tibet as well as India. TYC President Tenzing Jigme states, "we believe that a lasting peace and security for India lies only in a free Tibet. A Tibet without China's military presence is the only assurance you can have of an India free from constant Chinese incursions as well as ludicrous claims on the borders". TYC delivered a memorandum to PM Modi on friday urging him to raise the issue of Tibet when he meets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

According to Indian news reports, Chinse government on Sunday made contact with the new Indian government as its Foreign Minister Wang Yi, special envoy of President Xi Jinping, held talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi, during which "all issues of significance" were on the table, including the unsettled border, Tibet, stapled visas and trade imbalance.

Mr Wang's visit comes a fortnight after Chinese Premier Li Keqiang called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi to congratulate him, which conveys "a flavour of the keenness with which both our leaderships are engaging with each other", said external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin.

He described the talks between the two ministers as "cordial and useful, comprehensive covering all important issues, substantive and productive".

Mr Wang said the "new Indian government had injected new vitality into an ancient civilisation". He said the international community "was closely following developments in India" and that "the Chinese and Indian dreams have a lot of commonalities".

"China welcomes and supports the development of India and is ready to engage with the new government of India," Mr Akbaruddin quoted Mr Wang as saying during his meeting.

 During the talks, "all issue of significance were raised in a frank and cordial manner," the spokesperson said. Asked whether the Tibetan and stapled visas issues and other niggling matters were raised, the spokesperson said: "All issues of perennial nature were discussed in a cordial and forthright manner and were understood very clearly by the interlocutors on the other side."

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