DHARAMSALA, 6 July: The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile disapproved and rejected ‘new federal state of China’ over disrespectful terms used in referring to His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the official celebration the Tibetan spiritual leader’s 85th birthday.
Speaker Pema Jungney called out “retired Chinese football star Hao Haidong and fugitive Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui” over their proposed founding of a “New Federal State of China,” as he pointed out that the duo “announced the formation of a non-governmental organization called ‘Himalaya Supervisory Organization’ along with a stretch banner for it and condemned them for unilaterally including “the great nation of Tibet in their proposed new federal state of China” as well as for using “disrespectful terms in referring to His Holiness the Dalai Lama,” for hurling a “multitude of epithets against the Tibetan people living in exile.”
The duo proclaimed the launch of a new China on the June 4th Tiananmen Square massacre anniversary with the reading of a manifesto that supported the proposed founding of a “New Federal State of China.”
“The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, therefore, wishes to make clear its total disapproval and absolute rejection of their actions. On all issues big or small pertaining to Tibet, the final decision, if and when an occasion for making it arises, can only be made by the Central Tibetan Administration which is truly representative of all the Tibetan people living in Tibet and in exile. No governmental or non-governmental body or individual whatsoever can make decisions concerning Tibet without any sort of consultation with the true representatives of the Tibetan people,” Speaker Puma Jungney said as he delivered the official statement of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile.
CTA’s President, Dr Lobsang Sangay credited the Dalai Lama for making exiled Tibetans if not the most then one of the world’s most successful refugee community and described the Tibetan octogenarian leader as one of the earliest environmentalists of the world.
President Sangay and Speaker Jungney highlighted the innumerous contributions and magnanimous endeavours of His Holiness for the Tibetan people and the world at large. They expressed the Tibetan people’s profound gratitude towards His Holiness and wished His Holiness the Dalai Lama healthy and long life on behalf of Tibetan people both inside and outside Tibet in their statements.
The official birthday celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama was held at the Sikyong auditorium of the CTA at its headquarters here in Gangchen Kyishong.
The ceremony was attended by members of Kashag, Tibetan Parliamentarians, Justice Commissioners, and senior officials of the Central Tibetan Administration.
The event also saw heads of the Tibetan religious leaders, politicians from around the world extend their birthday wishes to the Dalai Lama through video messages as the word continues to battle Wuhan, China originated COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions in place due to the pandemic.
The ceremony also included felicitation of 3 civil servants in recognition of their 25 years of service for the CTA, service excellence award for two CTA staffs, and the launch of a booklet; composition of 113 quotations of the Dalai Lama compiled and published by the information and International relations department of the CTA as a part of its initiative in observing 2020 as the ‘Year of gratitude of His Holiness the Dalia Lama.’