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By NewsGram Staff Writer

India and China have agreed for additional border meeting points in the Ladakh region along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in what is touted as a major confidence building measure (CBM).

The decision to establish one more border meeting point (BMP) in Ladakh comes in the wake of plans to strengthen peace mechanism by the militaries of the two countries along the LAC, following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to China.

According to sources, the meeting point will be close to the Depsang plains in Northern Ladakh.

The move is aimed at resolving local border issues in the face of growing transgressions along the 800-km Ladakh border.

“The idea is to deal with transgression issue at the ground level locally,” a source told ET saying the move would ensure regular meetings between the militaries of the two countries.

In April 2013, a major three-week face-off ensued between the Indian Army and the People’s Liberation Army.

The stand-off was followed by a similar transgression in Chumar when Chinese President Xi Jinping visited India last September.

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Tibetan Activist Sentenced to 5 Years of Imprisonment in China

A Tibetan education activist was on Tuesday sentenced to five years in prison by a Chinese court for inciting separatism, Amnesty International (AI) said, calling the sentence "unjust" and urging his immediate release.

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A Tibetan education activist was on Tuesday sentenced to five years in prison by a Chinese court for inciting separatism, Amnesty International (AI) said, calling the sentence “unjust” and urging his immediate release.

The main evidence against Tashi Wangchuk, who was sentenced by a court in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai province, was a 2015 video by the New York Times about his campaign for saving the Tibetan language, according to his lawyer.

“Today’s verdict against Tashi Wangchuk is a gross injustice. He is being cruelly punished for peacefully drawing attention to the systematic erosion of Tibetan culture,” AI East Asia Research Director Joshua Rosenzweig was cited as saying by Efe news.

Before his arrest, the 31-year-old activist had expressed concern over the fact that many Tibetan children could not fluently speak their native language, contributing to the progressive extinction of the Tibetan culture.

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“Tashi must be immediately and unconditionally released,” demanded AI, pointing out that the activist had already spent two years in detention without access to his family.

Rosenzweig claimed that Tashi Wangchuk “was a human rights defender and prisoner of conscience who used the media and China’s own legal system in his struggle to preserve Tibetan language, culture and identity”.

In the New York Times video, the activist had highlighted “the extreme discrimination and restrictions on freedom of expression that Tibetans face in China today”.

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Non-profit Human Rights Watch (HRW) also criticized the prison term for Tashi Wangchuk, whose “only crime was to peacefully call for the right of minority peoples to use their own language”, a right safeguarded by the Chinese Constitution.

“His conviction on bogus separatism charges show that critics of government policy on minorities have no legal protections,” said HRW China Director Sophie Richardson. (IANS)

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