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'China should discuss Tibet's future, let historians judge its history'

April 6, 2010

April 02 2010
www.tibet.net

Tokyo: Discussions for the good of Tibet's future is of paramount importance
rather than engaging in making distorted claims about the history of Tibet
which Kalon Tempa Tsering said the government of People's Republic of China
should leave to the historians to judge.

Kalon Tempa Tsering, who is His Holiness the Dalai Lama's representative in
New Delhi Bureau, accompanied by Kasur Jetsun Pema, is on a fortnight visit
to Japan at the invitation of Japanese supporters. They briefed reporters
from international news agencies and local Japanese media at a press
conference organised by Foreign Correspondents Club in Tokyo on Thursday.

Kalon Tempa Tsering said if PRC claims to have turned Tibet from a so-called
"Feudal Serfdom into Socialist Paradise", it should be opened to the world
to see what the paradise is like. "The fact that Tibetans are even now
risking their lives crossing the dangerous Himalayan ranges is a clear
indication that death is better than this 'Socialist Paradise'," he added.

Briefing on the dialogue process between the Chinese government and the
envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, he said it was founded on China's
late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping's suggestion that 'apart from
independence, all issues can be discussed'.

Kalon Tempa Tsering said in October 2008 the envoys of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama had presented the 'Memorandum on genuine autonomy for the Tibetan
people' to the Chinese government in accordance with their suggestion to His
Holiness about the nature of autonomy. Later, to clarify the doubts and
concerns of the Chinese leadership, the envoys submitted a 'Note on the
Memorandum' to their Chinese counterparts during the ninth round of dialogue
in Beijing in January this year.

Despite any positive response from the Chinese government, the Tibetan side
has reiterated its commitment to continue the dialogue process, he added.

He termed the so-called Order no. 5 issued by the Chinese government on
Management Measures for the Reincarnation of 'Living Buddhas' in Tibetan
Buddhism as "total interference and unreasonable". "How can a government
that does not believe in religion think of giving approval to something as
sacred as reincarnation issue?" he said.

On military build-up at Indo-China border, he said that the Tibet has been a
peaceful buffer for centuries, now with this buffer gone, the increased
military activities in the region is dangerous not only for India but also
for neighbouring Asian countries in the regions.

He further said the issue of Tibet will remain alive with or without the
Dalai Lama, as Tibetan youngsters' hard work and dedication in and outside
Tibet are living testimony to this trend."

Thanking the Japanese friends for giving him the valuable opportunity to
address the issue of Tibet, he said that Tibet is an issue of justice,
freedom, non-violence and peace. "These principles being fundamental to all;
Tibet issue is a universal issue that affects the whole world," he added.

Speaking of education in the exile community, Kasur Jetsun Pema said:
"Tibetans in exile have worked hard to preserve their unique language with
special emphasis on introducing Tibetan as the medium of instruction in the
schools."

They attended a reception hosted by the Liaison Office of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama for East Asia and Japanese supporters at Joenji Temple in
Shinjuku, which was attended by seventy people.

They will attend discussion forums and give public talks on Tibet issue,
including the education of Tibetans, in Tokyo, Ishikawa-ken and Okinawa
prefecture.
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