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His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Representative meets Chinese Intellectuals in Japan

April 11, 2010

April 08 2010

Tokyo: Kalon Tempa Tsering and Kasur Jetsun Pema, who are in Tokyo on a
fortnight visit organised by Tibet supporters, met a group of Chinese
intellectuals on 4 April.

It was an informal meeting aimed to facilitate free exchange of ideas in
resolving the issue of Tibet. Kalon Tempa Tsering, who is the His Holiness
the Dalai Lama's representative at New Delhi Bureau, greeted the gathering
of Chinese scholars and updated them on the current status of Sino-Tibetan
dialogue and the Chinese leadership's indifferent attitude towards the
'Memorandum on genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people', which was submitted
to them by the envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Kalon Tempa Tsering
explained the gist of the nature of autonomy that Tibetans are hoping for.

The Chinese groups, consisting of university professors and writers, spoke
at individual as well as societal level. They expressed respect and
appreciation to the effort of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in resolving
Tibetan issue peacefully and within the framework of Chinese constitution.
They agreed that past is past and the two sides need to work on the future,
but they expressed doubt about the direction of Tibet issue after Dalai
Lama. They sought clarification on certain issues like "Greater Tibet,
High-level autonomy".

Kalon Tempa Tsering clarified that in the memorandum submitted by Tibetan
side, nothing like "Greater Tibet or High-level Autonomy" is demanded. "We
worked meticulously to keep our demand within the framework of the Chinese
constitution," he added.

The participants expressed that such informal discussions should be
organised whenever possible so that misunderstanding, in any forms, could be
clarified and combined effort could be made to resolve the differences.

After the meeting, Kalon Tempa Tsering and Kasur Jetsun Pema attended an
informal picnic event arranged by Tibetan and Mongolian Community in Japan.
Taking the benefit of on-going Japanese Sakura Flower Viewing Festival
[Hanami] at Koganei Park in Tokyo, a picnic gathering was arranged to
provide Japanese, Mongolian, Chinese and Tibetan community an informal
platform to socialise and to interact among themselves and with the visiting

Amidst the blossoming Sakura flower [cherry blossom] tree, around hundred
Japanese, Tibetans, Mongolians and Chinese gathered to enjoy barbeque and
some light moment under the enchanting beauty of Sakura flowering branches.
Japanese and Chinese members played Tibetan dra-nyen [lute], harmonica and
sang song for the visiting guests.

The participants greeted and interacted openly, many expressed happiness to
see people from four major Asian countries sitting together and sharing
moment of peace and understanding under Sakura [cherry blossom] trees. Kalon
Tempa Tsering and Kasur Jetsun Pema interacted with the participants and
took photos with them.

Leaving early from the picnic event, Kasur Jetsun Pema interacted with some
80 students of elementary to High school level and their parents from Hajime
Juku School of Odawara and shared her views with the young children and
their parents on 'Value Education' based on love and compassion at Koganei
Shokokaikan Hall.

Kalon Tempa Tsering and Kasur Jetsun Pema will leave for Okinawa tomorrow,
where similar talks and discussion events are planned to address the
Okinawan people about Tibet issue and Tibetan education system. It was
reported that interest in Tibet issue and Tibetan culture has surged greatly
in the island since the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the region
last year.
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