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'His Holiness only Losing Faith in Chinese Government, Not Chinese People and Not Giving up the Tibetan Cause'

October 29, 2008

'His Holiness only Losing Faith in Chinese Government, Not Chinese
People and Not Giving up the Tibetan Cause'
Tibet.Net.
October 28, 2008

London: The BBC World Service this evening devoted a special
programme on Tibet focusing primarily on the statement His Holiness
the Dalai Lama had made on Saturday that he was losing faith in the
Chinese government and which some news reports, including the BBC,
have interpreted as His Holiness "giving up negotiating with China
for greater autonomy for Tibet".

Participating in the BBC debate, Mr. Tsering Tashi, Representative of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama based at the Office of Tibet in London,
clarified that His Holiness has not and will not give up or walk out
from his responsibility to serve the well being and happiness of the
Tibetan people. He said that it is because of the Chinese
government's lack of any positive response to the Middle-Way Approach
which takes into consideration the welfare of both the Tibetan and
Chinese peoples, that His Holiness has stated he is losing his faith
in the Chinese government but not his faith on the Chinese people.

Mr. Tsering Tashi said many Chinese people, including intellectuals,
through better awareness and information are showing more respect to
His Holiness and also supporting the Tibetan leader's pragmatic
Middle-Way Approach. To a question on whether His Holiness was
walking out of the Tibetan cause, Mr. Tashi said this is not true
because working for the Tibetan issue forms one of the three
commitments of His Holiness' life, the other two being promoting
positive human values as a member of the human family and promoting
religious harmony because of his role as a religious practitioner.

He told the BBC presenter, Mr. James Fletcher, that the Chinese
government still has the opportunity to show their sincerity during
the next round of dialogue scheduled to take place at the end of this
month between the envoys of His Holiness and the Chinese government.
He also called for more effective pressure on the Chinese leadership
and said that the onus is on the various governments and the United
Nations to give peaceful initiatives a chance and that in their
dealings with China, they should give more importance to human rights
rather than to temporary economic gains.

In the debate Mr. Tsering Tashi was joined in the London BBC's Bush
House Studio by Mr. Jett Nan Song, a Chinese student, and from around
the world by questioners and commentators, including Mr. Mayank
Chhaya, commentator on South Asian affairs for the New Delhi-based
Indo-Asian News Service and author of the fascinating book, "Dalai
Lama" that reveals the Tibetan spiritual and temporal leader's life
story and his struggle for Tibet.

A full account of the "World Have Your Say" debate has been made
available on the BBC website. To listen, click the below link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/podcasts/whys/

Report filed by Office of Tibet, London
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