Washington, DC: Representative Penpa Tsering, Office of Tibet, Washington DC along with Chinese Liaison Officer, Secretary Kunga Tashi held a pivotal meeting with the Initiatives for China, a grassroots organisation dedicated to advancing democracy in China, on 2 December 2016.
Representative Penpa Tsering discussed Beijing’s continued repression of the Tibetan people and its systematic attack on the Tibetan religion, culture, identity and traditional way of life.
He noted that the situation in Tibet remained tense following the demolition of Larung Gar by Chinese authorities, that began in July, as a part of a multi-year plan to downsize the Buddhist academy by 50 percent and evict at least half of its more than 10,000 residents.
President Yang Jianli, Initiatives for China expressed his support and friendship for the Tibetan people and also discussed future collaborations with the Office of Tibet through cultural and intellectual exchanges.
Members of the Initiatives for China present at the meeting include Chinese scholars, writers, reporters, lawyers, activists, and long time Tibet supporters.
Last month, the Office of Tibet, Washington DC organised a dinner reception for Chinese friends and supporters in New York. The event was attended by many Chinese friends including Chinese dissident writer Mr Chen Pokong, visiting scholar from China, Dr Teng Biao, and many other Tibet supporters.
One of the important agendas of the Office of Tibet, Washington is to build genuine friendship with the Chinese diaspora and forge an informed understanding of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s position on the Tibetan issue and CTA’s Middle Way Policy for the peaceful resolution of the Tibetan issue.