posted Jul 27, 2012, 5:49 PM by The Tibetan Political Review
Interview with Kalon Tripa Lobsang Sangay about his current visit to Washington DC and his term in office thus far.
Aired on July 20, 2012 by VOA Kunleng.
See also, by RFA:
Tibetans Ready for 'Long' Struggle
Exile prime minister renews call for 'meaningful' talks with China.
Tibetans will continue to press for freedom of their homeland, now ruled
by Beijing, even if their struggle takes “another 50 years,” Tibet’s
exile prime minister said Friday as he expressed readiness to resume
talks with Chinese authorities on the status of the troubled region.
Lobsang Sangay, who was elected last year as prime minister, or kalon tripa,
of Tibet’s India-based exile government, said that he still hopes for
“meaningful” talks even though Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama’s
envoys to the dialogue with Beijing quit a month ago after talks
“We are always ready to appoint special envoys for
dialogue with the Chinese leadership whenever we receive the right
signals,” Sangay said in an interview with RFA’s Tibetan service in
Washington, where he met with U.S. officials and lawmakers.
has ruled Tibet since 1950, and the Chinese government has repeatedly
accused exiled Tibetans, including the Dalai Lama, of stoking dissent
against its rule. The Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959 after a failed
Lodi Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen, who served as the
Dalai Lama’s personal representatives in nine rounds of discussions with
China beginning in 2002, resigned their posts in June.
Lama last year stepped down as political leader of the Tibetan people,
devolving his responsibilities to Lobsang Sangay.
China insists it will speak only with the Dalai Lama’s representatives,
refusing to speak directly to the exile government, “we are more
concerned with the substance of the dialogue than with the title of the
envoys who consult with China,” Sangay said.
“We are not
discouraged by anything the Chinese government says or does … but we are
unwavering on the path of the Middle Way,” Sangay said, referring to
the Dalai Lama’s policy of seeking only greater autonomy, and not
independence from China, for Tibet.
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