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Chinese leaders urged to resume talks with exiled Tibetans

Chinese leaders urged to resume talks with exiled Tibetans

Taipei, Dec. 30 (CNA) The new Chinese leadership should review China's policy toward Tibet and resume dialogue with the Tibetan government-in-exile, the deputy speaker of the Tibetan parliament-in-exile urged over the weekend. Sonam Tenphel said in a speech delivered at the opening of an international meeting on Tibetan issues in Sydney Saturday that exiled Tibetans look forward to seeing Xi Jinping, the new general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and other Chinese leaders examine their country's policy toward Tibet, according to Boxun News. The U.S.-based Chinese-language website also quoted Tenphel as saying that exiled Tibetans hoped that such a policy review, if in fact it were to take place, would be aimed at bringing freedom, peace and good will to all Tibetans. Tenphel appealed to the Chinese government to resume dialogue with the exiled Tibetan government in Dharamsala, India. Such dialogue, he said, could lead to an agreement that would pave the way for change and contribute to the development of friendship between Tibetans and Han Chinese. At present, Tenphel said, China's continued high-handed rule in Tibet and its stationing of officials in Tibetan temples has led a number of Tibetan people to resort to self-immolation in protest. According to China-based Tibet research expert Wang Lixiong, 97 Tibetans had self-immolated as of Dec. 11 to protest China's repressive rule, with 84 committing self-immolation this year. Tenphel also suggested that China and India -- Asia's two largest countries -- set up a buffer zone along their borders and jointly maintain peace and stability in the area. (By Charles Kang and Sofia Wu)


Updated : 2020-12-05 19:40 GMT+08:00