By Lobsang Wangyal
McLEOD GANJ, India, 1 July 2021
Reaching out to the Chinese government to resolve the Tibetan issue will be Sikyong Penpa Tsering’s top priority. This was announced by Tsering during a press conference today.
He will pursue the Middle-Way approach to achieve autonomy for Tibet, which is what the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile has laid down as the policy of the Central Tibetan Administration which he is heading.
When asked about Beijing’s broken promise in Hong Kong of democracy and freedom through ‘one country, two system’ rule, Tsering said that unless the Middle-Way policy is changed by the Parliament through a referendum, he cannot change the policy.
To assist him in reaching out and dealing with the Chinese leaders, he will appoint a new team consisting of staff members of the Central Tibetan Administration. The task force formed by the Kashag (Cabinet) in 1998, entrusted with managing and overseeing the process of dialogue between the two sides, will be dissolved.
Speaking about the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, Tsering said he doesn’t see anything for China to celebrate. “The administrators’ main goal is to work for the welfare of the people. China has failed to bring prosperity for the people of Tibet, East Turkistan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Southern Mongolia.”
“China spends more money on internal security than the defence of the country. This shows the real situation of what’s happening within China and other areas like Tibet. And hence the question arises: What’s there to celebrate?”
With regard to the ongoing crisis of the hung Parliament, he says it is out of his hands to do anything, considering the ‘checks and balances’ of power of the three pillars of democracy. “It’s not within Sikyong’s mandate to interfere in the workings of the Parliament. However, should all 45 members approach me for a solution, I would pay heed to the issue, and that the members should oblige to a condition.”