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Newsline: India objects to Chinese Embassy writing directly to MPs for attending Tibet event

India took strong exception to a Chinese Embassy official recently writing to Indian MPs directly for their participation in an event on Tibet, saying the substance, tone and tenor of the letter were inappropriate. “The Chinese side should note that India is a vibrant democracy and Hon’ble MPs, as representatives of the people, undertake activities as per their views and beliefs,” Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said. He said India expected China to refrain from hyping normal activities by the Indian MPs and complicating further the situation in bilateral relations. (https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/other/india-objects-to-china-writing-directly-to-mps-for-attending-tibet-event/ar-AASvbnH?ocid=FinanceShimLayer) On 22 December, Tibetan parliament-in-exile speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel met with the group of MPs from various parties. According to a press note from the Tibetan parliamentary secretariat, the meeting marked the “successful” revival of the All-Party Indian Parliamentary Forum for Tibet (APIPFT), which had been defunct for several years. A week later, several of the participants received a letter signed by Chinese Embassy’s political counselor Zhou Yongsheng, expressing concern over their participation.

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