New York: The Beijing Spring, China Democracy Party, Federation for a democratic China and key Chinese organizations for democracy jointly organized a panel discussion on 1 October on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
Chinese Liaison Officer Tsultrium Gyatso, Office of Tibet, Washington DC represented Tibet at the panel discussion attended by over 100 Chinese prominent figures, intellectuals and pro-democracy activists.
The panel speakers reflected upon the 70 years of China under PRC and the lessons learnt, China’s political and economic future, unrest in Hongkong and the crackdown on minorities.
Highlighting Tibet at the discussion, Tsultrim Gyatso spoke on key issues concerning the Tibet-China issue: the historical status of Tibet as an independent country; PRC’s brutal occupation of Tibet in 1959 and 60 years of Tibetan nonviolent struggle led by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration.
He urged the support of the Chinese civil society and intellectuals in encouraging dialogue on CTA’s Middle Way Policy while asserting firmly that based on the Middle Way Policy, the Tibetan people led by His Holiness the Dalai Lama are committed to seeking genuine autonomy within China and not separation or independence.