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VOA and RFA Interview Kalon Tripa

posted Jul 27, 2012, 5:49 PM by The Tibetan Political Review

Interview with Kalon Tripa Lobsang Sangay about his current visit to Washington DC and his term in office thus far.

Aired on July 20, 2012 by VOA Kunleng.

See also, by RFA:

Tibetans Ready for 'Long' Struggle


Exile prime minister renews call for 'meaningful' talks with China.  

Tibetans will continue to press for freedom of their homeland, now ruled by Beijing, even if their struggle takes “another 50 years,” Tibet’s exile prime minister said Friday as he expressed readiness to resume talks with Chinese authorities on the status of the troubled region.

Lobsang Sangay, who was elected last year as prime minister, or kalon tripa, of Tibet’s India-based exile government, said that he still hopes for “meaningful” talks even though Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama’s envoys to the dialogue with Beijing quit a month ago after talks stalled.   

“We are always ready to appoint special envoys for dialogue with the Chinese leadership whenever we receive the right signals,” Sangay said in an interview with RFA’s Tibetan service in Washington, where he met with U.S. officials and lawmakers.

China has ruled Tibet since 1950, and the Chinese government has repeatedly accused exiled Tibetans, including the Dalai Lama, of stoking dissent against its rule. The Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959 after a failed uprising.

Lodi Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen, who served as the Dalai Lama’s personal representatives in nine rounds of discussions with China beginning in 2002, resigned their posts in June.

The Dalai Lama last year stepped down as political leader of the Tibetan people, devolving his responsibilities to Lobsang Sangay.

And though China insists it will speak only with the Dalai Lama’s representatives, refusing to speak directly to the exile government, “we are more concerned with the substance of the dialogue than with the title of the envoys who consult with China,” Sangay said.

“We are not discouraged by anything the Chinese government says or does … but we are unwavering on the path of the Middle Way,” Sangay said, referring to the Dalai Lama’s policy of seeking only greater autonomy, and not independence from China, for Tibet.

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