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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Mainland Chinese Group Visit New York's Office of Tibet

August 27, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
August 25, 2010

New York -- A group of Chinese from the mainland
China met with Tibetan officials at the Office of
Tibet in New York to exchange their views and
learn about the issue of Tibet on 17 August.

The visit was coordinated by the president of a
US-based Chinese democratic organisation, Mr Tang
Yun Jung. He led a group of 8 Chinese nationals
from mainland China, who are residing in New York.

Despite their concern for the issue of Tibet, our
Chinese friends have no means to learn clearly
about the issue in China, said Mr Kunga Tashi,
who manages coordination with the Chinese people at the Office of Tibet.

Mr Tashi briefed the Chinese visitors about the
mutually beneficial solution of "Middle-Way
Approach" for resolving the issue of Tibet. They
were also briefed about the activities of the Office of Tibet.

The Chinese group took special interest in
learning about the dialogue process between the
Chinese government and the envoys of His Holiness
the Dalai Lama during a briefing by Mr Tsewang
Phuntso, a member of the Task Force on Sino-Tibetan negotiations, he said.

Some the Chinese expressed their doubts about the
issue of "Greater Tibet" and what rights will the
Chinese people living in Tibet get once the issue
of Tibet is resolved through the Middle-Way
Approach. They also asked that in accordance to
the demand for genuine autonomy for the Tibetan
people under one administration, what name would
be designated to that administration.

They said they support the Middle-Way Approach
advocated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
However, they sought to clear their divergent
views on the demand for genuine autonomy for the
entire Tibetan areas under one single administration.

So, we tried to clear the doubts raised by our
Chinese friends during the meeting, Mr Tashi said.

Mr Tashi thanked the Chinese group for their to
visit the Office of Tibet and said they would
always welcome more Chinese visitors.

He reiterated to them His Holiness the Dalai
Lama's emphasis on the need for frequent meetings
and exchanging views with Chinese friends.

The Chinese group were given important Chinese
language publications on Tibet and reports posted
in the Chinese version of the Cental Tibetan Administration's official website.

The representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
to the US could not attend the meeting as he was
on an official visit to Toronto, Canada.

"We feel we had a very active and meaningful two
and a half hours of meeting," said Mr Kunga Tashi.
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