October 28, 2008
   Posted in News Flash
Published By Tashi

‘His Holiness only Losing Faith in Chinese Government, Not Chinese People and Not Giving up the Tibetan Cause’Tuesday, 28 October 2008, 10:45 a.m.

The BBC World Service this evening devoted a special programme on Tibet
focusing primarily on the statement His Holiness the Dalai Lama had
made on Saturday that he was losing faith in the Chinese government and
which some news reports, including the BBC, have interpreted as His
Holiness “giving up negotiating with China for greater autonomy for
Tibet”.   Participating in the BBC debate, Mr. Tsering Tashi,
Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama based at the Office of
Tibet in London, clarified that His Holiness has not and will not give
up or walk out from his responsibility to serve the well being and
happiness of the Tibetan people.  He said that it is because of the
Chinese government’s lack of any positive response to the Middle-Way
Approach which takes into consideration the welfare of both the Tibetan
and Chinese peoples, that His Holiness has stated he is losing his
faith in the Chinese government but not his faith on the Chinese
people.   Mr. Tsering Tashi said many Chinese people,
including intellectuals, through better awareness and information are
showing more respect to His Holiness and also supporting the Tibetan
leader’s pragmatic Middle-Way Approach.  To a question on whether His
Holiness was walking out of the Tibetan cause, Mr. Tashi said this is
not true because working for the Tibetan issue forms one of the three
commitments of His Holiness’ life, the other two being promoting
positive human values as a member of the human family and promoting
religious harmony because of his role as a religious practitioner.   He
told the BBC presenter, Mr. James Fletcher, that the Chinese government
still has the opportunity to show their sincerity during the next round
of dialogue scheduled to take place at the end of this month between
the envoys of His Holiness and the Chinese government.  He also called
for more effective pressure on the Chinese leadership and said that the
onus is on the various governments and the United Nations to give
peaceful initiatives a chance and that in their dealings with China,
they should give more importance to human rights rather than to
temporary economic gains. In the debate Mr. Tsering Tashi was
joined in the London BBC’s Bush House Studio by Mr. Jett Nan Song, a
Chinese student, and from around the world by questioners and
commentators, including Mr. Mayank Chhaya, commentator on South Asian
affairs for the New Delhi-based Indo-Asian News Service and author of
the fascinating book, “Dalai Lama” that reveals the Tibetan spiritual
and temporal leader’s life story and his struggle for Tibet.  A full account of the “World Have Your Say” debate has been made available on the BBC website. To listen, click the below link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/podcasts/whys/–Report filed by Office of Tibet, London

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