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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Chinese Tibetan Friendship Society Established in the US Capitol in Washington DC, and also in New York

March 17, 2009

Wei Jing Sheng Foundation
March 16, 2009

On March 9, 2009, in Washington DC, leaders and
activists gathered in the main US Capitol
Building in Room HC-6 for the naugural conference
of the Chinese Tibetan Friendship Society - an
organization jointly proposed by Mr. Wei
Jingsheng, the chairman of the Overseas Chinese
Democracy Coalition, and The Office of Tibet --
the Official Agency of H. H. The Dalai Lama and
Tibetan Government In Exile to the Americas. The
Chinese Tibetan Friendship Society is a
non-governmental organization joined together by
human rights and democratic organizations of both
Tibetans and Chinese. The purpose is to realize a
nationality amity, mutual understanding, and to
strive for freedom and human rights for people of
all the nationalities. Various people of both
Tibetan and Chinese from the east coast of USA
attended this inaugural conference.

The attendees paid a one-minute silent tribute to
mourn those who died under Chinese communist tyranny.

The prominent Chinese human rights activist Wei
Jingsheng gave his speech to the conference. "In
the past, due to the lies and propaganda of the
Chinese Communist Party many Han Chinese did not
know the suffering of the Tibetans, did not
understand that the Tibetans' struggle against
tyranny has the same goal as the Chinese." said
Wei Jingsheng. "The Han Chinese and Tibetan
peoples must mutually support, mutually help each
other." He added: "This is key as it allows us to
help end a dictatorship and put power in the
hands of the people. This is why we establish
this Chinese Tibetan Friendship Society".

The official representative of the Dalai Lama to
the Americas, Mr. Lobsang Nyandak, from the
Office of Tibet in New York also came to attend
the conference. Speaking on behalf of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama, Mr. Lobsang Nyandak
stated that the formation of the Chinese Tibetan
Friendship Society has great significance,
because it is not only related to the future of
Tibetans, but also an amicable coexistence of
both Han Chinese and Tibetans. He emphasized that
H.H. the Dalai Lama has made statements many
times that there is no fundamental conflict
between the Han Chinese and Tibetans. He
expressed his gratitude to the overseas Han
Chinese's long time support to Tibet.

Long time human rights leader and senior member
of the House Foreign Affairs Committee,
Representative Christopher Smith (NJ) attended
the conference to send his congratulations. He
expressed that Mr. Wei Jingsheng was the most
admirable human rights advocate during his 28
years of congressional career. He gave a speech
on "the downgrading of human-rights concern in
China policy". He criticized that "the Obama
Administration has chosen to peddle U.S. debt to
the largest dictatorship in the world over
combating torture, forced abortion, forced labor,
religious persecution, human sex trafficking,
'gender-cide,' and genocide." "We are here to
mark the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising
against the Chinese Communist dictator, to send a
jointly-signed message to Beijing that Chinese
and Tibetans are willing to live together "under
the conditions of harmony and mutual respect," he said.

To find out more about us, please also visit our
websites at: www.WeiJingSheng.org and
www.ChinaLaborUnion.org for news and information
for Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition and
human rights and democracy movement as whole,
especially our Chinese Labor Union Base.

You may contact Ciping Huang at:
HCP@Weijingsheng.org or Wei Jingsheng Foundation
office at: 1-202-543-1538 Fax: 1-202-543-1539 Wei
Jingsheng Foundation's address is: 415 East
Capitol Street, SE, Suite 2, Washington, DC
20003-3810, USA Its postal address is: Wei
Jingsheng Foundation, P. O. Box 15449, Washington, DC 20003, USA
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