International conference on Chinaâ€™s leadership transition opens in Dharamshala DHARAMSHALA, December 28: Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, the elected head of the Tibetan people, today presided over the opening of an international conference on the implications of the leadership transition in China here in the Tibetan exile headquarters of Dharamshala. The conference organised by the Tibet Policy Institute of the Central Tibetan Administration is titled, â€˜Conference of China Scholars on â€˜Leadership Transition in China: Implications for the Chinese, Tibetans and Others.â€™ Eminent scholars and experts including Dr Gordon G. Chang, author and television analyst; Prof. Chong-Pin Lin, former deputy defense minister of Taiwan, Prof. Micheal van Walt van Praag, visiting professor at Princeton, Prof. Madhu Bhalla, Dr Abanti Bhattacharya, Zhu Rui; and Lodi Gyari, former special envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be speaking at the conference. Organisers expressed hope that the perspectives and substantive analysis on Chinaâ€™s political, social and economic point of views by the experts during the three-day conference from December 28 to 30 will help CTAâ€™s approach vis-a-vis China. Speaking at the inaugural session of the conference, Sikyong Dr Sangay welcomed the experts who have spared their time by giving up Christmas and New Year celebrations, which Sikyong said, â€œreflects true friendship, commitment and support for Tibet and the Tibetan people.â€ â€œThe recent change in the Chinese leadership will have global implications, regional as well as on India and the Tibetan people,â€ Sikyong said. â€œAnd your much sought after expertise will help us prepare and think through as to how we should move forward in the comings months and years. Given the expertise, we are looking forward to very insightful, substantive and hopefully optimistic conclusion.â€ The de facto Tibetan prime minister described the present crisis in Tibet â€œreal, very painful, sad and at the same time reflective of the strength of the Tibetan spirit and Tibetan solidarity.â€ Sikyong noted that self-immolations seem to be the only form of protest left for Tibetans inside Tibet after the continuous crackdown on Tibetan protesters by the Chinese authorities. â€œWhenever Tibetans demonstrated in 1987, 1988, 1989, 2006, and 2008, it was harshly cracked down,â€ the Tibetan leader said. â€œHence, Tibetans are left with no space for any forms of protest, of freedom of speech, and it seems they have concluded that self-immolation is the one form of protest that they can have control over in how they want to express themselves and protest against the repressive policies of the Chinese government.â€ Some of the topics that will be discussed during the conference includes, â€˜The Coming Collapse of China- And What it means for Tibet,â€™ â€˜Xi Jinping: Personal Advantages and National Challenge,â€™ â€˜Solutions to the Sino-Tibetan Conflict,â€™ â€˜Tibetans in the Leadership Position in the Chinese Establishment,â€™ â€˜A Profile of the Top Seven Chinese Leaders,â€™ and â€˜Chinaâ€™s Environmental Governance and Party Congress.â€™ Last month, after what experts call â€œmuch wranglingâ€ between the former leader Jiang Zeminâ€™s and outgoing head Hu Jintaoâ€™s factions, China announced a seven-member Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China headed by Xi Jinping. International conference on Chinaâ€™s leadership transition opens in Dharamshala - www.phayul.com ******************************************* Tibetans can pursue their internal matters and there is no embargo if it is peaceful and not designed against any other country. It is also interesting that this Conference had not found its way to the Indian media indicating that India is taking a very antiseptic view to include the media which is allowed to report as they like. It does show how the country as such is neutral and it only is activated if there are atrocities in Tibet by the Chinese as they would for atrocities and genocide in any part of the world! It is also interesting the Gordon Chang was there. Possibly the Tibetans want to agitate the Chinese since Chang is taken to be an outcast for the Communist Chinese!