Nepal is the only country to have an embassy there; India’s request is long pending. And, diplomats and journalists need permission to visit the Tibetan Autonomous Region which has seen dozens of suicide protests by Buddhist monks and Tibetan civilians against Beijing’s hardline rule. Urumqi too could be scratched out by authorities here as the region has seen a wave of ethnic violence.
The events are staggered through the year with the first set of events slated to begin late April in Beijing, Chengdu and Hong Kong. Indian officials are in talks with top Indian authors to be part of the year-long calendar of events; at least one of them has written on China in his novels of historical fiction.
At least dozen Indian movies, predominantly from Bollyhood, will be screened in different cities. An exhibition of modern Indian art organised by the National Gallery of Modern Art is part of the planned events.
The 12 Chinese cities that will witness activities associated with the festival are Beijing, Chongqing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Dali, Kunming, Shanghai, Urumqi, Lhasa, and Qingdao.