NEW YORK CITY: The President of the Central Tibetan Administration Dr Lobsang Sangay arrived this afternoon in New York City following a successful lobbying visit to Washington DC. He was accorded a rousing welcome and a warm reception at the airport by local Tibetans led by Tibetan Parliamentarians from North America Pema Chagzoetsang and Tsewang Rigzin, members of the organising committee of Tibetan Solidarity Campaign, and board members of Tibetan Community of NY & NJ.
President Dr. Lobsang Sangay later addressed a gathering of Chinese and Tibetans organised by the Office of Tibet, Washington DC in collaboration with the Tibetan Community of NY&NJ. The gathering included Chinese Tibet supporters, intellectuals, writers and democracy activists. It was Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile also attended the gathering along with President Dr Sangay.I n his address, Dr Sangay spoke about the importance of grassroots support of ordinary Chinese public to resolve the Tibet issue and informed the gathering of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s advice of maintaining friendly and harmonious relations between Chinese and Tibetans. He applauded the gathering as an example of Sino-Tibetan friendship and called it a step in the right direction.
Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel spoke about the rich historical and cultural relations shared by the two distinct people of Tibet and China since time immemorial and said that this historic bond has resulted in many Chinese expressing support for the the Middle Way Approach of the Central Tibetan Administration.
North America Representative Ngodup Tsering,expressed his commitment to work towards the resolution of the Tibet issue and underscored the importance of Chinese outreach as one his primary undertakings.
Representatives from the Chinese community who spoke at the gathering include prominent overseas Chinese intellectuals: Prof Ming Xia, Hu PingWang, Wang Juntao, Li Weidong, Chen Pokong, Dr Yang Jingli and Xiang Xiaoji.
They expressed admiration for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s vision for world peace and extended support to the resolution of Tibet issue based on the Middle Way Approach.
The gathering also featured cultural performances by the Tibetan community as a gesture of gratitude to the Chinese community for their fervent support to the Tibet issue.