GUWAHATI, July 19 - Global support towards the cause of the Tibetans is getting stronger, said the President of the Central Tibetan Administration (Tibetan Government in Exile), Dr Lobsang Sangay. He also said that in recent times, China has been trying to strengthen its hold on Nepal.
In an interview with The Assam Tribune, Dr Sangay said that they are hopeful of solving the issue of Tibet soon. But at the same time, he admitted that they were also prepared for the worst and are ready to brave any kind of obstacle to achieve the goal in the days ahead.
�Keeping in mind the current India-China conflicts ranging from border dispute to international relations, I feel that only the �Middle Way Approach� is the way forward to resolving our issue and the India-China� conflict too,� Dr Sangay said.
Dr Sangay said that since�the early 1970s, the Central Tibetan Administration has pursued dialogue with the Chinese government based on the �Middle Way Approach� as envisioned by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The global support which the Tibetan cause received has further re-affirmed CTA�s commitment to the �Middle Way Approach�. �China will not achieve the global standing it desires with its current path of coercion and military aggression and record of gross human rights violation. It cannot continue on the current set trajectory and image. I hope that Chinese government appreciates it and come to the table to genuinely discuss the Tibet issue,� he said.
Asserting that the global support to the cause of Tibet is increasing, Dr Sangay said that just recently, the UN experts called on the United Nation Human Rights Council to investigate in Tibet. And to add to that during the recently held EU-China summit, EU raised the issue of Tibet and their concerns over the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibet. �As you might know, the Tibetan Policy and Support Act was recently passed with an overwhelming majority vote in the US House of Representatives,� he said.
Dr Sangay said there is a strong global support for Tibet because the Tibet issue represents the story of injustice and gross human rights violation. �Those who support the Tibetans are not just supporting the Tibetan people but are also pro-justice, pro-freedom,� he said.
�Even in the face of grave persecution, the movement by the Tibetans has never swayed from non-violence. We are really grateful to our supporters who have constantly raised their voice on behalf of the people in Tibet. From governments to politicians, to organizations to individuals has for decades stood with us and I am sure they will continue until the issue of Tibet is peacefully resolved,� he said.
Dr Sangay said that in recent times, Tibetans have not been able to come to India through Nepal. Since 2008, the number of Tibetans coming to India through Nepal has dwindled and with President Xi Jinping at the helm, the number has further dwindled. China has been strengthening its foothold in Nepal and it is under great pressure from China to restrict the flow of Tibetan fleeing through the borders, he added.