Mexico City, September 7: On the final day of his four-day visit to Mexico City, President of the Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay made an appearance in the Prime Time Morning News of the Televisa TV network with senior anchor Carlos Loret de Mola.
In the TV interview, Dr Sangay highlighted the religious repression in Tibet, citing the case of Larung Gar and Yarchen Gar. He also touched upon CTA’s basic policy of resolving the Tibet issue–by seeking a meaningful autonomy–rather than separation from China. In this regard, Dr Sangay urged the support of the Mexican government.
Following the TV interview, Dr Sangay visited the University of Iberoamericana, a Society of Jesus funded one of the most prestigious universities in Mexico, located in Santa Fe neighbourhood in Mexico City.
At the university campus, Dr Sangay was cordially received by Vice-Rector Academic Dr. Alejandro Guevara Sanginés. He was then hosted at the office of the Rector David Fernández Dávalo.
Addressing the students of the university, Dr Lobsang Sangay initially introduced them to the geographical landscape of Tibet and its unique features – the highest plateau on the earth; water tower of the Asian continent; and an air cooler of the whole planet by taking out the carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.
However, Dr Sangay said this has been changing over the past years with the melting of glaciers at rapid rate, primarily affected by relentless Chinese mining operations on the roof of the world. He said that the temperature on the Tibetan plateau is rising much faster than the rest of the world.
“Since the Beijing is not a signatory to the International water sharing agreements, geopolitical strategists fear that the coming war will be on water,” he said.
President Dr Sangay also spoke on the religious repressions in Tibet, particularly at the world biggest Buddhist academy of Larung Gar and also that of Yarchen Gar. He said that in both centres, the Chinese government has recently demolished the residential quarters of monks and nuns and expelled the nuns and monks with warnings of not to return back in future.
With the continued suppression of the religion, culture and Tibetan languages by the Chinese authorities, the President said that more and more Tibetans are anguished and compelled to undertake the drastic action of self-immolating themselves to protest against the repressive policies.
Dr Sangay said that although the situation in Tibet is depressing, it doesn’t draw the attention of the international media like that of the situation of Syria, North Korea, Afghanistan because the media always go after sensational news.
Despite all the challenges, Dr Sangay said that the Tibetan wants to prove that non-violence is right; that truth is right, and prove that human rights and democracy are right.
After the talk, a considerable amount of time was devoted on questions and answers and many students and faculty members came forward with interesting questions.
Dr Sangay also gave a brief radio interview to the university’s radio Ibero 90.9 following his talk at the university.
Before leaving the university campus, Vice rector Dr. Alejandro Guevara offered a luncheon reception in honor of CTA President Dr Sangay. The luncheon was joined by members of the faculty.
President Dr Lobsang Sangay left Mexico City this morning, September 7, for Washington DC after successfully concluding the Mexico leg of his visit.