Tibetans express solidarity with India, condemn China’s aggression

Head/representatives from leading Tibetan NGO’s at the press conference to express the Tibetan community’s solidarity with India and to condemn China’s aggression.

DHARAMSALA, 18 June: Tibetans in the exile headquarter here in Mcleodganj expressed their solidarity with India and strongly condemned China’s aggression on Indian territory that killed at least 20 Indian soldiers, including a commanding officer.

“As we pay tribute to the courage of the Indian soldiers and offer our condolences to the bereaved families, we call on world leaders and the government to stand with India against this illegal aggression by Chinese troops on Indian soil and work together to counter China’s expansionism,” Regional Tibetan Youth Congress, Regional Tibetan Women’s Association, Students for a Free Tibet-India, Gu-Chu-Sum Movement Association of Tibet and National Democratic Party of Tibet said in their joint press statement.

The NGO’s further made a called on the “world leaders and governments  to stand with India against this illegal aggression by Chinese troops on Indian soil” and a collective effort “to counter China’s expansionism.”

The group pointed out that an “Independent Tibet is the only lasting solution for the Indo-China conflict” and recalled that “for centuries,  independent Tibet and India enjoyed peace and friendship.”

“China has never shared its border with India until Tibet was occupied by the so-called ‘People’s Liberation Army in 1949,” the statement read.

“It is high time for India to recognise Tibet as an Independent country and occupied nation by inviting Tibet’s legitimate representation on Indo-Tibet border agreement,” it added.

The group also cautioned India against trusting China, to learn from its past mistake and to lead the neighbouring countries to challenge China’s expansionist design which it said threatens the “global security”

The Chinese government must be held accountable for flouting international law and wreaking havoc around the world.

The NGO’s called on the Indian Government and International communities to; issue urgent statements to strongly condemn the Chinese military invasion of Indian territory, to recognize Tibet as an independent state under the Chinese occupation, support for Tibetans, Uyghurs, Hong Kongers, Southern Mongolians, and Taiwanese people in their fight against the Chinese Communist Party’s colonial practices and expansionism.

“The international community must join the Indian grassroots movement to boycott ‘Made in China’ products, and raise the economic pressure on China,” it concluded.

The ongoing border tensions between India and China have resulted in casualties on both sides in spite of the tow sides holding talks and agreeing to “peacefully resolve” the border face-off earlier on 6 June.

The standoff between the two Asian giants in the Galwan valley in eastern Ladakh since early-May has on Monday resulted in the death of twenty Indian soldiers, including a Colonel and while several others were left grievously injured following a violent physical skirmish, media reports said citing sources from the Indian army.

Though the Chinese have kept num so far on the numbers of casualties the PLA suffered, the Indian Army has claimed that over 40 PLA soldiers may also have been killed or injured citing intercepted military communication.

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