Exiled Tibetans hopeful of John Kerry’s China visit

The exiled Tibetan government on Wednesday expressed hope that US Secretary of State John Kerry,in his visit to China on April 13-14,will raise the Tibet issue with the Chinese.

Written by Varinder Bhatia | Chandigarh | Updated: April 16, 2014 2:34 pm

The exiled Tibetan government on Wednesday expressed hope that US Secretary of State John Kerry,in his visit to China on April 13-14,will raise the Tibet issue with the Chinese.

Exiled Tibetans’ political head,Lobsang Sangay,said: “I hope John Kerry raises the Tibet issue in his dialogue with the Chinese. I had met John Kerry in November last year and we discussed a lot of things,including the Tibetan issue. It is high time that the Chinese realise the importance of Tibet issue. The entire world is watching the Chinese suppress Tibetans. The ongoing self-immolations by Tibetans inside Tibet has become a matter of concern for the entire world.”

“The entire world knows why Tibetans are ending their lives. We have always followed a path of non-violence and peace. But the Chinese have pushed Tibetans to such a limit,where they do not have any choice but to end their lives,” he added.

Meanwhile,US-based Human Rights Watch has also urged Kerry to raise the Tibetan issue during his visit. In a letter to Kerry (a copy of which was released by the Central Tibetan Administration on Wednesday),the body has urged Kerry to “speak to an audience in China beyond the government… and urge the Chinese government to resume negotiations with the Dalai Lama and other Tibetan leaders…”.

There have been no talks between Chinese government and exiled Tibetans for nearly four years now. Despite several attempts made by exiled Tibetans,the Chinese have not allowed the special envoys of Dalai Lama to visit Beijing for talks.

Till date,over 113 people had immolated themselves in Tibet while protesting against alleged Chinese atrocities. While the exiled government had been accusing the Chinese of pushing Tibetans commit suicide,the Chinese had been accusing Dalai Lama and the exiled government of organising such self-immolations.

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