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Violence in Tibet strains China's relations with India, Nepal

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Recent violence in Tibet has strained the delicate diplomatic balance between China and two of its neighbors: Nepal and India. The two countries have accepted Tibetan refugees fleeing Chinese rule, but have often restricted pro-independence activities to appease their giant neighbor.

Anti-Chinese protests broke out in Tibet March 10 on the 49th anniversary of an abortive 1959 uprising against Chinese rule . Since then, Nepal and India have had to move even more carefully as the peaceful protests erupted into riots. In recent days, Chinese officials said the protests have spread to neighboring provinces.

China is facing increased international attention this year as it prepares to host the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Nepal detained at least 20 Tibetan protesters, including Buddhist monks, on Thursday as they held anti-China protests, Reuters reported. Baton-wielding riot police chased and arrested groups of protesters as they shouted, "stop killings in Tibet."

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