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Kalon Tripa Discusses Hong Kong-style Autonomy for Tibet

posted Jan 11, 2012, 1:34 PM by The Tibetan Political Review   [ updated Jan 11, 2012, 1:58 PM ]
The following is an excerpt from Tibet Post International:

Quoting the Chinese constitution, the [Kalon Tripa] said, "according to Article 31 of the Chinese constitution, one can start an administration region. Hong Kong's basic law was drafted in accordance with that provision."

Constitutionally, there is provision to grant autonomy," he stated and said, "Despite that, when one raises a question about Tibet being granted genuine autonomy, the government is quick to respond stating the fact that Hong Kong already had a British commercial system and a rule of law so it was possible to grant them autonomy."

He also stated the fact that when Macau was granted autonomy it wasn't on the basis of pre-existing laws following which he questioned the race discrimination in the Chinese bureaucracy.

Making his point about there being no constitutional or institutional problem for China in granting autonomy to Tibet, he asked why Tibet wasn't granted autonomy when Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan were granted the same.

"They are essentially telling the Tibetans that they cannot get autonomy because they aren't Chinese. There is no other reason for the Chinese to grant autonomy to Tibetans," he stated.
Full article available at Tibet Post International (January 6, 2012). 

See also "Dim Sum Surprise: Why the Hong Kong Model Won't Save Tibet", by the editorial board of The Tibetan Political Review (December 31, 2011).

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