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Chinese, Tibetan youths to interact through bridge conference

March 4, 2010

March 3, 2010

Dharamsala, March 3 -- In line with His Holiness
the Dalai Lama’s initiatives of building closer
ties with Chinese people, Tibetan and Chinese
youths in the United States have pledged to
resolve differences though dialogue and interaction.

The first bridge conference will take place in
New York City on March 14 to "build positive
relations and free exchange of perspectives and
ideas between Chinese and Tibetan youth with a
strong foundation of mutual respect and understanding."

With the theme of "Mutual Understanding and
Friendship Building," the conference will be
attended by Western Tibetologists, Tibetan
intellectuals in the US, and scholars and experts
from China who give counsel to the policy-makers.

Sponsored by the Chinese Youth Foundation, Hunter
College and Pace University in New York, the
project is also supported by various Chinese and Tibetan groups.

With different cultural and religious
backgrounds, the youths not only recognize the
unique cultural and historical path of the
Tibetan people but also the overriding importance
of China’s national unity in the 21st Century,
according to a statement issued by the organizers.

Panel discussions on China and Tibet, featuring
prominent speakers and experts had been held in
the past. The youths had earlier met His Holiness
the Dalai Lama and had several in-depth
discussions with high level Chinese government officials dealing with Tibet.

"With a shared dedication to building a civil
society, we believe that having constructive
dialogues is the best way to solve differences
and promote friendship, and is also the first
step with indispensable significance towards
future resolutions," say the organizers.

Prospective participants can learn more about the
project and also participate in the conference by filling out a form.
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