New York: Prominent Chinese scholars and leaders, including the former chief editor of Beijing Spring, Mr Hu Ping, Chinese democratic leaders Mr Chen Pokong and many others attended the “New York Sino -Tibet Dialogue- 2019”, Chinese outreach program organised by the Office of Tibet, Washington DC.
At the event, former chief editor of Beijing Spring, Mr Hu Ping read out the joint statement, issued by a number of prominent Chinese scholars and leaders who live in the United States, rejecting the Chinese Government’s interference in the Reincarnation of the next Dalai Lama which it stated is Tibetan People’s right. It further said:
1. The reincarnation of the Dalai Lama is purely a Tibetan religious affair and the Dalai Lama himself has the sole legitimate authority on it, and the CCP has no right to interfere. Throughout the history of Tibetan Buddhism, the tradition of Lamas to choose their successor has existed. The Dalai Lama is fully entitled to designate his own successor. During the Qing dynasty, Manchu emperors interfered in the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama by means of the Golden Urn. The only exception, the 11th Dalai Lama went through the Golden Urn process but subsequent Dalai Lamas were recognized as reincarnations through rituals of Tibetan Buddhism and have not subscribed to the Golden Urn rule. The 14th Dalai Lama was similarly determined without going through the Golden Urn rule. As the Dalai Lama previously stated, “The CCP is an atheist who criticises religions, especially treating Buddhism as a sign of ignorance, backwardness, and has always accused me of being a devil. It is reasonable if they say ‘no’ to allowing the devil to reincarnate, but now the CCP is clamouring to get reincarnation of the devil for themselves.” It’s out of the question, ridiculously illogical. The CCP is attempting to appoint reincarnation by meddling with His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s authority in this matter. This is a brutal violation of the right of Tibetan Buddhists within Tibet and all around the world. It is illegal and invalid.
2. We strongly support Tibetans’ fight for their basic human rights and freedom, preservation of their cultural heritage, religious freedom, and to safeguard their natural ecosystem.
3. We are resolute in our support of His Holiness’ proposal of “Middle Way Approach”. It is beneficial for both the Tibetan community and the Chinese people.
4. We respect and support the Dalai Lama’s wish to promote Tibet-Chinese friendship. Tibet-China shares a long history, and we are willing to strengthen Tibetan-Chinese friendship.
Prominent Chinese scholars and leaders, including the former chief editor of Beijing Spring, Mr Hu Ping, Chinese democratic leaders Mr Chen Pokong, Wang Dan, Wu Er Kai Xi, Wang Juntao and several organisations, such as Beijing Spring Magazine, China Democratic Solidarity Alliance, China Democracy Party National Committee, National Joint Headquarters of China Democracy Party, International Han-Tibetan Friendship, and the China Association of Political Asylum Seekers signed and support the statement.
Prominent political commentator and Chinese democratic leader Mr Chen Pokong thanked the Representative of Office of Tibet for bringing them together and lauded the CTA’s effort for the smooth passage of the Tibetan Policy and Support bill in the House Foreign Affairs Committee recently.
Mr Chen shared his thoughts on the CCP’s failing economy and foreign diplomacy, social unrest in Hong Kong, and problems in many parts of China.
A Representative of Hongkong protesters also spoke on behalf of Hongkongers and shared their vision, determination and goal.
Representative Ngodup Tsering and Chinese Liaison Officer, Tsultrim Gyatso, attended the event along with President and board members of Tibetan Association NY & NJ. President of RTYC and Kunga Tashi, former Chinese Liaison officer were also among those present.
Representative Tsering spoke about the need for all victims of Chinese communist’s atrocities- Tibetans, Uighurs, and Hong Kongers, to fight together and intensify our own struggle in the wake of international outrage at the sinister design of the CCP to control the world. He elaborated on the Middle Way Policy which CTA has been pursuing for more than 4 decades. The CCP has no other interest than their power and authority, citing the case of Fudan University in China, where freedom of thought was replaced by allegiance to Xi’s thought, according to the ABC report. He also urged the attendees to expand the Sino-Tibet friendship circle.
The Chinese Liaison officer, Tsultrim Gyatso, welcomed the guests and introduced the programmes and outreach plans of the Office of Tibet, which is especially geared to building rapport and friendship and awareness in the Chinese diaspora. He thanked the Chinese supporters for their long-standing friendship and support.
The President of the Tibetan Association of New York and New Jersey, Mr. Sonam Gyephel, introduced community development projects including Sunday schools.
-Filed by Office of Tibet, Washington DC