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"Canada can, within a positive friendly atmosphere, ask the Chinese government to resolve the Tibetan situation."

Chinese and Tibetan people share common aspirations

November 18, 2010

16 November 2010
Dharamshala: The Chinese and Tibetan people share common aspirations as the realisation of democracy in China would facilitate the achievement of genuine autonomy for Tibet, a group of four-member Chinese delegation from US and Canada said during their visit to Dharamsala.

During an interaction with officials of the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala , the Chinese delegates expressed their views on the prospect of achieving democracy in China and genuine autonomy in Tibet under the frame of Middle Way Approach, and how to strengthen mutual understanding and friendship between the Chinese and Tibetan peoples.

The movement of democracy in China and autonomy in Tibet based on the Middle-Way policy should go hand in hand. If we can realise the dream of democracy in China, Tibetans can realise the dream of genuine autonomy in Tibet, US-based Chinese democracy advocate Mr Xiang Xiao Ji said. Mr Xiang was one leading figure involved in the 1989 Chinese students? democracy movement in Tiananman.

On the Tibetan people?s choice for independence and autonomy for Tibet, Mr Xiang said we (Chinese) respect your right to independence, but for our long-term interest we support high degree of autonomy in Tibet. We think the Middle-Way Approach is the most practical way forward in the interest of the Tibetan people.

He said the long history of relationship between Han Chinese and Tibetans was affected after the People?s Republic of China came into power in 1949. But we will become friends, brothers and sisters after the end of rule of Communist Party of China.

We should join together to enable Chinese people know about the truth and history of what happened in Tibet, and the plight of the Tibetan people.

The delegates were asked for their opinions on how His Holiness the Dalai Lama?s support to Liu Xiaobo on winning the Nobel Peace Prize would help to accelerate the pace of democratisation process in China.

We are grateful to His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his support to Liu Xiaobo. The Tibetan people have a common leader in the form of His Holiness the Dalai Lama but we Chinese don?t have. Today, as Liu Xiaobo has been recognized for his efforts to usher far reaching freedom and democracy in China, he is our symbol and spiritual leader, said Mr Xiang Xiao Ji.

The granting of Nobel Prize to Liu Xiaobo is not only the recognition of his contribution for advocating democracy and freedom by drafting Charter 08, but also of very hard work made by hundreds and thousands of Chinese people including those Tibetans living inside Tibet, said Ms Gloria Y Fung, who is associated with Canadian Chinese community in Canada. Ms Gloria organised a meeting of Chinese people living in Toronto with His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the latter?s visit to Toronto this year.

We are making plans to invite a representative of the Tibetan government in exile to attend the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony in Norway on 10 December, Mr Gloria said.

Ms Gloria spoke on the Chinese government?s policies to manipulate the international public opinion on Tibet, including schemes to fan nationalism during anti-social crisis in China and Tibet, control on the media and prove bribes. Elucidating ways to counterbalance the Chinese government propaganda, she underlined the need to build Tibetan-Chinese youth dialogue to facilitate and develop understanding between the two communities. She said she had called on the Chinese people living in Canada to denounce the repression and wrong policies imposed by the Chinese government in Tibet. She said there has been increasing participation from the Chinese people in the Chinese-Tibetan dialogue during His Holiness the Dalai Lama?s visit to Canada. The number has increased from 150 to 300. She underlined the need for dialogue between Tibetans and common Chinese people.

We think it crucial to enhance the understanding from Chinese scholars and students in mainland China to seek support and understanding of the plight of the Tibetan people, she added.

We have to expose the repressive policies of the Chinese government in Tibet to gain support of the international community on the plight of the Tibetan people.

The Chinese people have gained better understanding that the Middle-Way policy is not equivalent to complete independence for Tibet and it seeks the preservation of Tibetan language, culture, education and religion.

We strongly believe that a meaningful resolution of Tibet is not possible without democratisation in China. You can join in our movement to expedite the democratisation process.

On the Tibetans? efforts to reach out to Chinese people, US-based Mr Zhu Xue Yuan underlined the need to contact as many Chinese people in possible to help them to learn about the issue of Tibet. The Chinese living in mainland China are brainwashed on the issue Tibet, we need to rewash their brains, he added. He praised the efforts to reach out to Chinese being made by Mr Kunga, a liaison officer at the Office of Tibet in New York who was accompanying the delegation to Dharamsala.

He also said Tibetans should strengthen their campaigns to stop the influx of Chinese migration into Tibet.

Mr Xia Ming, a political scientist at New York City University, gave his perspectives on the future relationship between Chinese and Tibetans if China becomes democracy. He said trust among elites in the both the community, disciple and leadership would help prevent hostility between the two communities. Co-habitation between the Chinese and Tibetans would build trust among the Chinese to accept Tibetans to preserve their language, culture and freedom. Mr Xia contributes article to the BBC?s Chinese section. He organised a meeting between His Holiness the Dalai Lama with around 75 Chinese scholars in Hunter college in New York in May this year.

Mr Tashi, Additional Secretary at the Department of Information and International Relations of the Central Tibetan Administration, presented Tibetan ceremonial scarves to the Chinese delegates as a token of gratitude. Mr Tashi called on them to ask other Chinese to visit Dharamsala to learn about the issue of Tibet and expressed hope that friendship and brotherhood between the two communities would continue to flourish.
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