Speaker Pema Jungney disapproves, rejects Guo Wengui’s ‘new federal state of China’

DHARAMSALA, 6 July: The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile disapproved of and rejected the ‘new federal state of China’ due to disrespectful terms used in referring to His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the official celebration of 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.” He pointed out that the duo had announced the formation of a non-governmental organization called the ‘Himalaya Supervisory Organization’ along with a stretch banner for it. He condemned them for unilaterally including “the great nation of Tibet in their proposed new federal state of China” and for using disrespectful terms in referring to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, 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 communities and described the Tibetan octogenarian leader as one of the earliest environmentalists in the world. 

President Sangay and Speaker Jungney highlighted the innumerable 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 a 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 the Kashag, Tibetan Parliamentarians, Justice Commissioners, and senior officials of the Central Tibetan Administration. 

The event also saw heads of Tibetan religious leaders and politicians from around the world extend their birthday wishes to the Dalai Lama through video messages as the world continues to battle the Wuhan, China-originated COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions in place due to the pandemic. 

The ceremony also included the felicitation of 3 civil servants in recognition of their 25 years of service for the CTA, a service excellence award for two CTA staff members, and the launch of a booklet; a composition of 113 quotations of the Dalai Lama compiled and published by the Information and International Relations department of the CTA as part of its initiative in observing 2020 as the ‘Year of Gratitude for His Holiness the Dalai Lama.’

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