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China to Ban Expeditions on Mt Kailash

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 01/06/08; June 8, 2001.]

The Times of India
Thursday
7 June 2001

BEIJING: China has told India that it would not allow mountaineering activities on Mt Kailash in Tibet which is considered sacred by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains.

"The Chinese government has already formally clarified to the Indian embassy in Beijing," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Sun Yuxi said while refuting as "totally baseless" Indian and western media reports that Beijing had granted permission to a Spanish mountaineering team to climb Mt Kailash. Indian embassy sources confirmed that New Delhi had taken up the issue with China and that Beijing has clarified that no mountaineering activities would be permitted on the 6,740 metre-high Mt Kailash.

The reports of a Chinese permission to the Spanish mountaineering team to scale Mt Kailash had led to an avalanche of protests world-wide. "The Chinese government strictly prohibits any climbing activities on Mt Kailash," Sun said in response to a question.

"We have never permitted such activities and all these reports about China agreeing to a Spanish mountaineering team to scale Mt Kailash are totally baseless," he said.

A report in a Hong Kong's leading newspaper, South China Morning Post (SCMP) on June 2 had reported that Hindu, Buddhist and Jain community leaders have united to oppose China's decision to allow a Spanish mountaineering team led by Jesus Martinez Novas to climb Mt Kailash. (PTI)


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