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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."

Letter to President B. Obama from 39 Tibetan groups

January 20, 2011

Phayul [Friday, January 14, 2011 12:07]

January 13, 2011

The President
The White House
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

We, the undersigned Tibetan Associations, organizations and Tibet
support groups, are writing to ask that you make Tibet a substantive
part of the agenda when President Hu Jintao visits Washington on January

You have spoken often of the universality of fundamental human rights,
most recently to mark the awarding of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to
imprisoned Chinese writer and democracy activist Liu Xiaobo.

As you are aware, for the past six decades, the Tibetan people have been
denied their fundamental human rights. President Hu Jintao's visit to
Washington is a unique opportunity to engage him meaningfully on the
Tibet issue and showcase the ideals and values cherished by Americans,
including openness, democracy and individual liberty. These principles
underlie your remarks about rights that are universal to all human beings.

The United States has a long-standing history of supporting the Tibetan
people and their peaceful struggle for human rights and freedom. This
support has become institutionalized within the U.S. government through
the development of policies and programs designed to help Tibetans
preserve and promote their culture, identity and dignity. You have
commended His Holiness the Dalai Lama's tireless efforts to negotiate a
resolution for Tibet with the Chinese government, a position consistent
with long-standing U.S. policy.

Tibet is an integral part of the U.S.-China relationship for moral,
historical and strategic reasons. The position the United States has
adopted on Tibet creates an incumbent duty on this Administration to
continue to raise the issue with Chinese leaders at the highest levels.
Tibet must be on the agenda of your summit with President Hu.

The recent protests by Tibetan students objecting to the central
government's plans to subordinate the Tibetan language to Mandarin as
the language of instruction are emblematic of China's policy failures in

Moreover, there is a growing recognition of the potential impact China's
infrastructure projects on the Tibetan plateau will have on access to
water in downstream countries, as Secretary Clinton noted during her
visit to Cambodia. The role of Tibet, also known by scientists as the
"Third Pole," in global climate change is further evidence that
developments in Tibet are anything but the exclusive internal affairs of
the People's Republic of China. Without a multilateral framework to
address these issues, Chinese policies in Tibet could exacerbate
regional instability. A just and lasting solution for Tibet that
includes Tibetans as integral stakeholders will bring greater stability
for China, its regional neighbors and indeed the world.

These points underlie the central message that we ask you to convey to
President Hu - that the United States has, and will continue to have, a
strong interest in Tibet and will remain committed to facilitating a
just and lasting resolution for Tibet. This commitment comes with an
expectation that Tibetans must be freely able to exercise their basic
human rights and freedoms, preserve their distinctive culture, and
address the ecological, educational, political and economic consequences
of the Chinese government's failed policies in Tibet.

The U.S. government should continue to press China's leadership for
results-oriented negotiations to achieve a political solution for Tibet
and engage China in topical areas, including education policies
pertaining to Tibetans and regional discussions on water security.

Your proactive approach will demonstrate to the Chinese government that
Tibet is an integral part of the U.S.-China relationship as are basic
universal values of human rights and dignity. Again, we thank you for
your public expressions of support for the Tibet issue and for your
leadership in raising it with Chinese leaders, and look forward to your
continuing to exert this leadership when you meet with President Hu.


Association Cognizance Tibet, North Carolina
Capital Area Tibetan Association
Indiana Tibetan Association
Northwest Tibetan Cultural Association
Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota
Tibetan Association of Boston
Tibetan Association of Charlottesville
Tibetan Association of Colorado
Tibetan Association of Connecticut
Tibetan Association of Idaho
Tibetan Association of Ithaca
Tibetan Association of New York and New Jersey
Tibetan Association of North Carolina
Tibetan Association of Northern California
Tibetan Association of Ohio and Michigan
Tibetan Association of Santa Fe
Tibetan Association of Philadelphia
Tibetan Association of Southern California
Tibetan Association of Washington
Utah Tibetan Association
Wisconsin Tibetan Association
Bay Area Friends of Tibet
Boston Tibet Network
Committee of 100 for Tibet
International Campaign for Tibet
International Tibet Independence Movement
Los Angeles Friends of Tibet
Regional Tibetan Youth Congress of New York and New Jersey
San Diego Friends of Tibet
Santa Barbara Friends of Tibet
Seattle Friends of Tibet
Sierra Friends of Tibet
Students for a Free Tibet
Tibet Committee of Fairbanks
The Tibet Connection
Tibet Justice Center
Tibet Online
U.S. Tibet Committee
Western Colorado Friends of Tibet
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