WASHINGTON, DC: In the lead up to Chinese and Tibetan New Year, the Office of Tibet, Washington DC hosted a group of Chinese intellectuals, democracy activists, and journalists at its Office to express gratitude for their support and friendship.
In his greeting, Representative Ngodup Tsering said, “First of all, I really want to welcome you all to Office of Tibet. As per directives by the Central Tibetan Administration, 2018 is being observed as the year of Gratitude. Thank you Year 2018 also marks the 60th anniversary of His Holiness coming to exile in 1959. So first of all, we really wanted to say thank you to our Chinese friends for all your support.”
He further emphasised that strengthening outreach to the Chinese community and fostering mutual understanding between Chinese and Tibetan people is one of the three major roles of the Office of Tibet.
“We are very grateful for all the work that you have been doing, in terms of reaching out to others on the Tibetan standpoint and aspirations; because what you say to Chinese brothers and sisters makes alot of difference compared to what we say,” Representative Ngodup Tsering said.
He iterated His Holiness’ consistent effort and support for the unification of Tibetan and Chinese brothers and sisters under one constitution. “This can be testified through His Holiness’ various stands. Way before the site for Olympic 2008 was discussed, His Holiness was the one who supportedd China to be next venue for Olympic”.
Over 25 Chinese intellectuals, scholars, democracy activists and journalists had gathered at the reception including Professor Yan Jianli, Su Xiaokang, Zheng Yi, Wang Dan, Bei Ming and Qin Weiping.
Other guests include Mr Matteo Meccaci, President of the International Campaign for Tibet, members of the local Tibetan Association and Tibetan Youth Congress.
The meeting was faciliated by Chinese Liaison Officer, Kunga Tashi.
The Office of Tibet, DC had previously organised a reception for Chinese friends and supporters from Maryland and Washington, DC in December 2016.