Chinese Premier’s Visit Sparks Protests in India

By Venus Upadhayaya, Epoch Times
May 20, 2013 Updated: May 20, 2013

An Indian political party in the state of Jammu and Kashmir protested against the arrival of the People’s Republic of China Prime Minister in India, saying he shouldn’t have been invited just a few weeks after the Chinese incursion into the region of Ladakh.

Around 200 activists of the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP), a regional party, held demonstrations against the Chinese regime on Sunday.

“On one side, China is engaged in incursions in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, and on the other, India is giving a red carpet welcome to the Chinese premier,” JKNPP leader Rajesh Pargotra told reporters according to a Press Trust of India report.

“Why has the PM been invited when just a few days back the Chinese made incursions into Indian territory?”

On April 15, a platoon-strength contingent of the People’s Liberation Army intruded nearly 19 kilometers (approximately 12 miles) into Indian territory in the Daulat Beg Oldi sector in the Ladakh region and erected tents there, leading to outrage in India. 

The situation was finally settled after three weeks of standoff between the two nations. The situation had remained tense, and protests were held in Jammu and Kashmir by Ladakhi students and by activists of the National Secular Forum, in the Jammu University campus.

Since Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived on Sunday, various locations in New Delhi have witnessed protests by many Tibetan groups. According to media report, on Monday, three Tibetan students were arrested for protesting near the Taj Palace Hotel where Li is staying.