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Letter to the Editor: China's wrong to think Tibetan issue will fade away

November 23, 2008

The Ottawa Citizen
November 20, 2008

Re: A democratic state without a territory, Nov. 18.

Columnist Kate Heartfield was absolutely right in her assertion that
the Tibetan diaspora is unique in the history of humanity.

One guiding principle why Tibetans in exile are so successful, even
without the country, is the fact that Tibetans' struggle is based on
non-violence, peace and truth under the benevolent leadership of the
Dalai Lama.

China has been playing the waiting game, thinking that the Tibetan
issue will fade away with the passing of the Dalai Lama.

But did they ever consider that the Dalai Lama is the best leader to
negotiate a resolution to the conflict? Perhaps China will learn the
lesson in hard way.

Prominent Tibetans in the Northern India hill town of Dharamsala are
participating in the first special meeting as summoned by the Dalai
Lama due to lack of progress in Sino-Tibetan dialogues and a
worsening human rights situation in Tibet. The meeting is to discuss
the future course of action in the Tibetan freedom movement.

Should the Tibetans continue with the middle way approach as
propounded by the Dalai Lama demanding genuine autonomy or should
they opt for complete independence, or will there be other alternatives?

Tibetans in Tibet are deprived of basic human rights. They are
arrested for calling the Dalai Lama to return home, shouting slogans
for freedom, hoisting Tibetan national flags, escaping the brutal
Communist regime to the free world.

China is clamping down on information from Tibet to the outside
world. The arrest of two Tibetans, Walza Norzin Wangmo and Paljor
Norbu, recently shows China's brutal policies of restricting the
freedom of information.

Walza was arrested by Chinese police and sentenced to five years in
prison. Her crime? Sending information about the worsening situation
in Tibet to the outside world. A Tibetan man Paljor Norbu, 81, was
arrested for running a publishing house printing Buddhist texts.

Tsering Dhondup,
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