China protests Tibet and India in one booth at S Korea Students’ Festival

People gather at a booth which shows a Tibetan and Indian flags placed side by side at the International Students' Festival of Korea University on 14 November 2018.

People gather at a booth which shows a Tibetan and Indian flags placed side by side at the International Students' Festival of Korea University on 14 November 2018. Courtesy of Yang Yi

By KJM Varma | PTI

BEIJING, China, 15 November 2018

China has protested to South Korea over one of its universities clubbing the booth of Tibet with India at an international festival.

The booth also displayed a flag which is a pro-independence symbol adopted by the “Tibetan government in exile” together with India’s national flag, state-run Global Times reported.

During the International Students’ Festival of Korea University in Seoul on Wednesday, the school put China’s southwest Tibet Autonomous Region and India in one booth, the report said.

This has outraged Chinese students and netizens, the report said.

Chinese students protested and asked the South Korean university to apologise.

The Chinese embassy in South Korea also lodged a representation to Korea University and the South Korean government, it said.

Tibet, the remote and mainly-Buddhist territory in China’s southwest, is governed as an autonomous region of China.

Beijing claims sovereignty over Tibet and opposes any foreign interference in the remote Himalayan region’s affairs.

Korea University’s International Students’ Festival is an annual event to promote international students’ cultures and bring together locals. Students arrange the booths to display cultural aspects of their home countries, the university said.

An employee from the communications team of Korea University told the Global Times on Thursday that “Tibet and India were assigned to the same booth because the booths were assigned by region not by nation or political status”.

The employee said the university assigned booths according to the number of students from different countries and regions.

Because there are not enough students from the Tibet Autonomous Region and India for each to have one booth, they grouped them together by region and distance, he said.


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