China forces other nations to accept Tibet as part of China to seek legitimacy over its illegal occupation: CTA President

CTA) President Penpa Tsering addresses the nuns from Bakhang Dhondup Dhing Monastery at Kashag Secretariat. Image:

DHARAMSALA, 23 Nov: The political head of the Tibetan people, Central Tibetan Administration’s (CTA) President Penpa Tsering has said that China forces countries around the world to accept Tibet as part of China to seek legitimacy over their illegal occupation of Tibet.

“China constantly forces other nations to utter ‘Tibet is a part of China to seek legitimacy”, President Penpa Tsering has said, reports, the CTA’s official website.

The CTA President has made the remarks while addressing a group of about 50 nuns from Bakhang Dhondup Dhing Monastery at Kashag(cabinet) Secretariat here at Gangchen Kyishong Tuesday as he emphasised the role of exiled Tibetan as a representative and spokesperson of Tibetans inside Tibet.

According to the report, President Tsering has told the nuns that “we have to be well informed about our cause and eloquent enough to advocate it properly.” 

Highlighting his Cabinet’s consistent efforts in informing the world about China’s legitimacy over Tibet, he has added that the 17th Point Agreement, the only agreement signed between Tibet and China is void based on international law as it was signed under duress.

He has further called on countries around the world for their double standards when it comes to Tibet as he argued that they accept China’s condition that Tibet is part of China yet they support dialogue between the Dalai Lama or his representative and China in resolving the Sino-Tibet conflict.

“We have urged countries or governments who synced to China’s hest while supporting dialogue between His Holiness (or His representative) and China in resolving the Sino-Tibet conflict to withdraw their statement”, he has said and further recommended the books by Dr Michael van Walt Praag and Prof. Lau that plainly depict Tibet’s independent status before China’s annexation.

The Tibetan government in exile commonly referred to as the CTA has been seeking a mutually acceptable solution to the Tibetan issue with China through the Umaylam since 1974.

The Middle Way Approach (Umaylam in Tibetan), conceived by the Dalai Lama and adopted unanimously as a policy by the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, is the official policy of the Central Tibetan Administration. 

The Middle Way Approach does not seek independence, but genuine autonomy within the framework of the People’s Republic of China to ensure the survival of the Tibetan people with its distinct Buddhist cultural heritage and language and the natural environment of the Tibetan plateau.

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