Tibetan exile chief wraps up first official go to to Washington


Tibetan exile chief Penpa Tsering has wrapped up his first official go to to Washington D.C. with a gathering on Thursday with Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi and different congressional leaders and public talks scheduled for Friday night.

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Tsering — the Sikyong or elected head of Tibet’s India-based exile authorities the Central Tibetan Administration — started his go to on Tuesday with talks held with Uzra Zeya, the State Division’s Particular Coordinator for Tibetan Points. The Division additionally hosted a lunch for Tsering attended by ambassadors from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Canada, the UK and different international locations.

Collaborating in Tsering’s assembly on Thursday with Pelosi had been Worldwide Marketing campaign for Tibet (ICT) board chairman Richard Gere and performing president Bhuchung Tsering; Zeegyab Rinpoche, abbot of the India-based department of Tibet’s Tashilhunpo monastery; U.S. congressman Jim McGovern; and Namgyal Choedup, consultant of exiled Tibetan non secular chief the Dalai Lama.

Chatting with RFA after the assembly, Choedup famous this week’s go to to Washington was the primary by Tsering, a former speaker of Tibet’s exile parliament in Dharamsala, India, who gained a carefully fought April 11, 2021 election to change into Sikyong held in Tibetan communities worldwide.

Choedup described Thursday’s talks as “decisive and constructive,” calling Tibetans grateful for Pelosi’s continued help. “The assembly additionally mentioned collective choices on future programs of motion concerning the way to resolve the Sino-Tibetan battle,” Choedup stated.

Previously an unbiased nation, Tibet was invaded and integrated into China by drive greater than 70 years in the past, and Tibetans incessantly complain of discrimination and human rights abuses by Chinese language authorities and insurance policies they are saying are aimed toward eradicating their nationwide and cultural id.

U.S. congressman Michael McCaul, ICT board chairman Richard Gere, and Sikyong Penpa Tsering are proven left to proper. Photograph: RFA

“We try to burst the myths or narratives that the Chinese language authorities has been presenting for a lot of a long time about Tibet being part of China, which isn’t true,” stated ICT board chairman Richard Gere, additionally chatting with RFA on Thursday.

“And we try to push for a real dialogue [between China] and His Holiness the Dalai Lama,” Gere added.

The Dalai Lama and Tibet’s India-based exile authorities the Central Tibetan Administration have proposed a “Center Means” method to talks with Beijing that now accepts Tibet’s standing as part of China however urges higher freedoms for Tibetan language, non secular, and cultural rights.

9 rounds of talks had been beforehand held between envoys of exiled non secular chief the Dalai Lama and high-level Chinese language officers starting in 2002, however stalled in 2010 and had been by no means resumed.

Congressional supporters of the Dalai Lama “would like to have the Dalai Lama deal with a joint session of the U.S. Congress by video,” stated consultant from Texas Michael McCaul, a rating member of the Home Overseas Affairs Committee.

”The American individuals stand with the Tibetan individuals and with the Dalai Lama, who is likely one of the best non secular leaders of our time,” McCaul stated.

Penpa Tsering ends his Washington go to Friday night with a panel dialogue held at George Washington College on the Tibet-China dialogue and a public speak with the D.C.-area Tibetan group. He’ll then go to Tibet communities in Philadelphia and New York earlier than shifting on to conferences in Canada.

Translated by Tenzin Dickyi for RFA’s Tibetan Service. Written in English by Richard Finney.


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