New Book on China’s National Autonomy Law
Friday, 20 October 2006, 10:00a.m.
Dharamshala: “The publication of the proceedings of the seminar on China’s National Regional Autonomy Law: Theory and Practice will remain a useful reference for scholars and future generations of Tibetans”, said Kalon Tempa Tsering of the Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA).
Kalon Tempa Tsering said, “This exhaustive volume is a thorough examination for the first time by Tibetan scholars on the theory and practice of China’s regional autonomy law in such diverse fields as the economy, education, culture, the environment and natural resource allocation. I am glad that the proceedings of this important seminar held in Dharamshala from 25-26 October 2005 are now compiled in a one-volume book. I hope Tibetan scholars and experts will build upon this body of work to help the Tibetan people and interested parties to come to a deeper and more thorough understanding of China’s national regional autonomy law as enshrined in the constitution of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and as practised in Tibet.
“I consider both the seminar and the publication of the proceedings of the seminar are important milestone along the road of the Tibetan people’s understanding of the laws that govern the PRC. I hope the publication will serve as an important tool for the Tibetan people to expand the political space to preserve their distinct ethnic identity and Tibet’s precious cultural heritage within the freedoms that they are given by the constitution of the PRC and other legal documents that protect the rights of national minorities”, said Kalon Tempa Tsering.
The two-day seminar held last year was attended by such diverse scholars as Tsering Shakya, a prolific historian and professor at the university of British Columbia in Vancouver in Canada, Dr. Lobsang Sangay, associate professor at Harvard University, Prof. Nawang Phuntsog, associate professor of education at California State University, Dr. Kunchok Tsundue, chief planning officer of the Planning Commission of the CTA, Tsetan Wangchuk, a Tibet expert and senior reporter at Voice of America in Washington D.C. and Tenzin Kunkyab who served in the Chinese establishment in important positions in Amdo in North Eastern Tibet.
The seminar also greatly benefited from the knowledgable and insights of the DIIR’s own in-house experts like Dawa Tsering of the China Desk, Ven. Lobsang Jinpa, editor of Sheja, Tenzin Tsultrim of the environment and development desk, and joint secretary, Tashi Gyamtso.
At the seminar the then Kalon for the DIIR, Kalon Lobsang Nyandak Zayul, said “It is with the hope that the Chinese authorities will respect and recognise the opinion of the Tibetan people that we have invited well-known Tibetan scholars to this conference.”
Kalon Tripa, Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, in his inaugural address, said he believed the Middle-Way policy which seeks to achieve genuine autonomy within the People’s Republic of China is achievable under the legal and political framework of the PRC.
The hard copy of the book can be ordered from
Department of Information and International Relations
Central Tibetan Administration