WASHINGTON DC: Representative Ngodup Tsering of Office of Tibet Washington DC accompanied by Chinese liaison officer Kunga Tashi attended the inauguration of ‘Dialogue China’ a new think tank on 4 June 2018 in Washington DC.
Dialogue China is a think tank started by Wang Dan, a leader of the student movement that protested at the Tienanmen square in Beijing on 4 June 1989. The think tank is inaugurated on 4 June to coincide with the 29th anniversary of the Tienanmen square massacre.
The inauguration was attended by Carl Gershman, President of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and Representative Ngodup Tsering. Other guests include around 50 China scholars, journalists, rights activists, researchers and democracy activists from Australia, California, New York, Washington, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
Representative Ngodup Tsering spoke about 21st Century as the century of dialogue as proposed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on numerous occasions. He also expressed prayers for those who have died as a result of the 4 June massacre as well as for Liu Xiabo. He explained that the Central Tibetan Administration shut down from mid day and held a prayer service on the day of Liu Xiaobo’s death.
Others who spoke at the inauguration include Cral Gershman, Wang Dan, Wang Juntao, Su Xiaokang and Hu Ping.
As invited by the OOT, Geshe Lobsang Dechen and Geshe Tsering Dorje from Sera Jey monastic center based in New York, came to the inauguration to pray for those who died during the protest and the subsequent massacre by Chinese forces.
In the afternoon, the first conference of the think tank was held. In the evening during the dinner reception, Kunga Tashi, the Chinese liaison officer of OOT Washington, delivered a talk on Tibet.