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"Canada can, within a positive friendly atmosphere, ask the Chinese government to resolve the Tibetan situation."

Panelists Probe Tibet

May 15, 2008

By Shan Wang
The Harvard Crimson (USA)
May 14, 2008

Tibetans urged Han Chinese, members of the largest ethnic group in
China, to recognize them culturally and politically at an event last
night that aimed to foster discussion between the two groups in light
of continuing violence in Tibet.

More than 150 people attended the event entitled "Working Towards a
Better Future: A Cross-Cultural Dialogue between Tibetans and Han
Chinese"—which featured two Tibetan and two Chinese panelists.

Tibet Poverty Alleviation Fund President Arthur N. Holcombe said that
a resolution would only result from dialogue between the two groups.

"It is important for all of us that solutions to the problem are not
an either-or-situation," he said. "The solution must come from joint
collaboration with the Han and Tibetan peoples."

An upsurge of violence between protestors and Chinese government
troops flared up in March of this year surrounding the status of
Tibet's self-declared government-in-exile.

"Ultimately we are here today to listen to different perspectives on
this situation," Holcombe added.

Panel member Tenzin Dickyi '08, a Tibetan born in India, recounted
her two-and-a-half-month stay in Tibet three years ago to illustrate
the fear that inhibits Chinese civilians and Tibetans from speaking freely.

'The greatest feeling I came away with was the fundamental distrust
and disconnect between the Tibetans and the Chinese government and
Chinese people," said Dickyi, who taught at a rural Tibetan school.
"Before I went to Lhasa, everyone warned me against talking freely."

Both Han Chinese panelists Lan Xue, a professor at China's Tsinghua
University and a visiting professor at the Kennedy School, and Yue
Tan D. Tang, a Ph.D candidate in Harvard's economics department,
focused on how best to resolve the current conflict through economic
and social development and cultural rejuvenation.

"My approach is looking at this as a problem of development," Xue
said. "This is not only a Tibetan problem, but a problem faced in
many developing countries."

Senior fellow in East Asian Legal Studies at the Law School Lobsang
Sangay who showed photographs of violence in Tibet"praised the
discussion for achieving what he said the Chinese government has done poorly.

"Finally, after the tragedy, one good thing has happened," he said,
referring to last night's panel. "The Han Chinese have taken
responsibility "shared responsibility."

Zhongrui Yin '11, organizer of the event, said that last night's
dialogue was a positive step in achieving harmony between the groups.

"I was very delighted that we were able to have a very respectful,
yet very frank, dialogue," he said. "I wish the speakers could have
talked to each other more, but the overall attitude was very positive.

The event was hosted by the Harvard Project for Asian and
International Relations, Harvard College Group for the Study of the
Tibet Issue, and the Asia Centers Undergraduate Council in the Center
for Government and International Studies.
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