International conference on China’s leadership transition opens

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    International conference on China’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, ‘Conference of China Scholars on ‘Leadership Transition in China: Implications for the Chinese, Tibetans and Others.’

    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 China’s political, social and economic point of views by the experts during the three-day conference from December 28 to 30 will help CTA’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, “reflects true friendship, commitment and support for Tibet and the Tibetan people.”

    “The recent change in the Chinese leadership will have global implications, regional as well as on India and the Tibetan people,” Sikyong said. “And 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.”

    The de facto Tibetan prime minister described the present crisis in Tibet “real, very painful, sad and at the same time reflective of the strength of the Tibetan spirit and Tibetan solidarity.”

    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.

    “Whenever Tibetans demonstrated in 1987, 1988, 1989, 2006, and 2008, it was harshly cracked down,” the Tibetan leader said. “Hence, 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.”

    Some of the topics that will be discussed during the conference includes, ‘The Coming Collapse of China- And What it means for Tibet,’ ‘Xi Jinping: Personal Advantages and National Challenge,’ ‘Solutions to the Sino-Tibetan Conflict,’ ‘Tibetans in the Leadership Position in the Chinese Establishment,’ ‘A Profile of the Top Seven Chinese Leaders,’ and ‘China’s Environmental Governance and Party Congress.’

    Last month, after what experts call “much wrangling” between the former leader Jiang Zemin’s and outgoing head Hu Jintao’s factions, China announced a seven-member Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China headed by Xi Jinping.

    International conference on China’s leadership transition opens in Dharamshala - www.phayul.com

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    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!
     
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    Tibetan self-immolator’s family members detained, Whereabouts unknown

    In continuing crackdown on family members and relatives of Tibetan self-immolators, the father and grandfather of Tibetan self-immolator Gonpo Tsering have been arrested by Chinese authorities.

    Gonpo Tsering, 24, set himself on fire in front of the main prayer hall of the Ala Deu-go Monastery in Ala region of Luchu, eastern Tibet on November 26 in protest against China’s continued occupation of Tibet. The father of three succumbed to his injuries at the site of his protest.

    According to Beijing based Tibetan writer Tsering Woeser, Chinese security personnel detained Gonpo Tsering’s father Tashi Sonam and grandfather, ten days of the self-immolation protest.

    The condition and whereabouts of the two remain unknown.

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    Tibetan self-immolator’s family members detained, Whereabouts unknown - www.phayul.com

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    China intensifies media war over Tibet self-immolations with new documentary

    China has intensified its propaganda blitzkrieg over the self-immolation protests in Tibet, this time with the release of a documentary which claims to “disclose the truth” about the protests.

    According to Xinhua, the state news agency, the documentary titled ‘Facts About Self-Immolation in Tibetan Areas of Ngapa (Aba)’ was broadcast on CCTV-4, an international channel targeting overseas viewers of Chinese language on Sunday night. The documentary was later aired on CCTV's English, Spanish, French, Arabic, and Russian channels on Monday.

    According to Xinhua, the documentary contains interviews with the "masterminds" and "victims" of the self-immolations and further alleges that the monks in the region were "acting on orders sent from overseas."

    “The documentary also states that the Dalai clique masterminded the self-immolations in order to split China,” the report said.

    Since 2009, as many as 95 Tibetans have set themselves on fire protesting China’s continued occupation of Tibet and demanding freedom and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama from exile. The month of November, during which China held its 18th Party Congress, was the deadliest since the wave began with 28 self-immolations and major protests involving thousands of Tibetans.

    In recent weeks, China’s state run newspapers have devoted an increasing number of editorials, reports, and opinion pieces by “Tibet scholars,” all aimed at reinforcing Beijing’s official line of blaming the Tibet crisis on exile Tibetans.

    China’s foreign ministry has repeatedly expressed opposition and dissatisfaction over international calls to address the grievances of the Tibetan people, terming them as “gross intervention in China's internal affairs.”

    Earlier this month, the Dharamshala based Central Tibetan Administration challenged Beijing to prove its allegations after authorities detained a monk and his nephew and accused them of instigating self-immolations of eight Tibetans on the instructions of the Dalai Lama.

    “If China genuinely wishes to end the self-immolations, instead of resorting to the blame game it should allow unfettered access to international bodies to Tibetan areas to investigate the root causes for these self-immolations,” Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, the elected head of the Tibetan people said.

    Despite repeated international calls for restraint and reconsideration of its policies, China has hardened its stance on the self-immolation protests and announced stricter measures including pressing of murder charges against anyone caught aiding or inciting self-immolations and cash rewards for those “exposing crimes” related to the protests.

    China continues to cut off Tibet from the rest of the world even as international clamour over diplomatic access and visits by foreign media has grown in recent weeks. The United Nations, European Union, US, UK, and Canada have blamed China’s policies for exacerbating the situation in Tibet and urged Beijing to allow investigative visits to the region.

    The Dalai Lama has repeatedly called for “serious investigation”” in to the self-immolations and noted that the protests were a symptom of problems that Tibetans did not create.

    China intensifies media war over Tibet self-immolations with new documentary - www.phayul.com

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    Tibetans seem to be not impressed with all the wonders that the Chinese have done for them!

    China claims to have saved them from all the ills of life and poverty and yet the Tibetans reject all that.

    Why?
     
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    Exile Tibetans felicitate CM Virbhadra Singh on record sixth term

    The exile Tibetan administration congratulated “long-time supporter of Tibetans” Virbhadra Singh on his swearing-in as Himachal Pradesh’s Chief Minister for a record sixth term. ...


    Speaker Penpa Tsering, in a congratulatory note, wished Singh success in his endeavours and said Tibetans have “always been very appreciative of your support for the Tibetan people and the cause of Tibet.”

    Exile Tibetans felicitate CM Virbhadra Singh on record sixth term - www.phayul.com

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    While they revolt against the Chinese who it is claimed are giving them the moon and the sun, they are instead congratulating Indian leaders!

    Odd!
     
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    Of course! When you live in an apartment and pay nothing, you should kiss your landlord's axx, right?

    If Indian leaders are so supportive, why don't you just give Tibetans a piece of your land permanently and create a country called "New Tibet"?

     

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