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China admits overseas Tibet propaganda efforts a failure

posted Jan 3, 2015, 6:59 AM by The Tibetan Political Review   [ updated Jan 7, 2015, 5:14 PM ]
By Tibetan Review (Dec. 30, 2014)

China had sought to improve what it said were largely negative mainstream foreign opinion about its record on Tibet not by taking steps to improve the situation there but through multiplicity of public relations exercises, including by sending delegations on expensive trips to hold and give talks, according to a commentary in its official Global Times newspaper Dec 28. However, the campaign has been a failure, the commentary admitted, but called for more such efforts.

Over the last few years China had sent Tibetan legislators, experts and cultural representatives abroad to share their views about their home, in addition to making documentary films and staging cultural activities in attempts to reverse this trend and win over supporters, said the commentary written by one Huang Jingjing.

It noted that a lot of criticism of China’s Tibet policies had come from the parliaments and congresses of Western countries, noting that currently there were more than 20 parliaments in Western countries where “Tibet question groups” had been established to assist “Tibet independence” forces to enlarge their international influence. To counter it, China had sent nine delegations of Tibetan legislators on overseas trips since 2009, following “the deadly March 14 riot in Lhasa which claimed 19 lives and injured hundreds of civilians and police officers.”

The commentary said the last delegation from the Tibet Autonomous Region, which included two deputies to China’s National People’s Congress (NPC), wrapped up an eight-day visit to five cities in Canada and the USA on Dec 7. It cited Tenzin Lhundrup, deputy secretary general of the Tibetan government and a member of the delegation that recently returned from the North America trip, as saying the parliaments where “Tibet question groups” had been set up “were the key targets of, as well as barriers to, our communication efforts.”

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