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2009 marks Dalai Lama's 50th year out of Tibet

June 19, 2009

By Lindsay Eckert
Indiana Daily Student
June 18, 2009
 
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Dalai Lama’s escape from Tibet to India and the Chinese government’s establishment in Tibet.
 
Lobsang Nyandak, the representative of the Dalai Lama in the United States, gave a talk at the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Culture Center titled “Future Prospects for Tibet” on Wednesday night. Nyandak focused on the current issue of Tibetan people living in exile under China communist ruling. Nyandak also announced that his Holiness will visit the Center in May of 2010,
 
Nyandak said he hopes the five decades of suffering for Tibetan people will bring international awareness to the current issue and progress towards a dissolve of communist China in Tibet.
 
“We are commemorating the 50th anniversary to remind international communities and Chinese government that much has changed in the world over the past fifty years,” Nyandak said.  “Human rights and human dignity are acknowledged and protected but there is still no change in Tibet, China is still the master of Tibet.”
 
Nyandak expanded on Tibet’s strategy to reach a resolution with China and free over a thousand Tibetan exiles, 70 percent being nuns and monks.
 
“China doesn’t currently acknowledge there is an issue with Tibet,” Nyandak said. “We want to communicate with China and resolve the issue with international support and support from Chinese people.”
 
Nyandak said Chinese citizens support Tibet’s efforts and have risked their lives to do so. In 2008, several Chinese citizens signed a petition against their own government. He said with the support of Chinese citizens and Tibet’s strategic outreach plans, Tibet will move towards freedom.
 
“We want to reach out aggressively to other countries to show the desperation of the Tibet people,” Nyandak said.  “We have opened offices in New York, D.C., and Boston with plans to expand to California, Tokyo, and Australia to gain international support.”
 
Nyandak said Tibet’s outreach efforts and Chinese citizens’ support have not shown any dissolve with China, but he said China’s response to Tibet outreach efforts is insightful.
 
“China has been researching Tibetan support in the U.S. to see how much problems our political campaign could generate for China,” he said.  “The mood is strong for bringing change in communist China, we are still suffering but our suffering will end, it’s only a matter of time.”
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