The Tibet Update enewsletter is a bimonthly summary of news and governmental actions related to Tibet. Past issues in PDF format are located at http://www.savetibet.org/media-center/tibet-weekly-updates.
ICT Report: Obama-Dalai Lama meeting an opportunity for "an engaging and constructive dialogue"
ICT welcomes the meeting announced on February 11 between President Obama and His Holiness the Dalai Lama as an opportunity both to deepen their relationship and discuss forward steps in U.S. support for the Dalai Lama's leadership and his approach of seeking a solution for Tibet through dialogue with the People's Republic of China. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs has said that the White House meeting is set for February 18 and "The Dalai Lama is an internationally respected religious leader and spokesman for Tibetan rights, and the President looks forward to an engaging and constructive dialogue." Read the full ICT report >>
ICT Report: Tension in Tibet as Tibetans mark New Year with prayers for the dead
On February 14, several hundred Tibetan monks and laypeople were surrounded by armed troops yesterday on the first day of Tibetan New Year (Losar) as they gathered together and prayed for those killed in the Ngaba area of Sichuan and other Tibetan areas after the crackdown following protests began in March, 2008. According to reports from inside Tibet, Tibetans in Lhasa too, held somber and devotional commemorations of Losar (Tibetan New Year) amid tension as security was stepped up. Read the full ICT report >>
ICT Report: 9th round of Sino-Tibetan dialogue identifies elements to build on
The International Campaign for Tibet welcomed the strong and detailed statement issued today by Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari, the Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and chief interlocutor with Chinese officials during nine rounds of dialogue since 2002. The statement which concluded that "we do not see any reason why we cannot find common ground on these issues," included a proposal for "a common effort to study the actual reality on the ground, in the spirit of seeking truth from facts [to] help both the sides to move beyond each others' contentions" and an appeal to Beijing to stop mislabeling the Dalai Lama as a "separatist." Read the full ICT report >>
Statement by the Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lodi G. Gyari
On February 2, 2009, Special Envoy Lodi G. Gyari said that he and Envoy Kalsang Gyaltsen, accompanied by two members of the Tibetan Task Force and one member of the Task Force Secretariat visited China from January 26 to 31, for the ninth round of discussions with representatives of the Chinese leadership. In Beijing, they had a session with Mr. Du Qinglin, Vice Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference as well as Minister of the Central United Front Work Department on January 30. On January 31, they had a day-long discussion with Executive Vice Minister Zhu Weiqun and Vice Minister Sithar. Mr. Nyima Tsering, a Vice Chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region People's Congress, also participated in these meetings. Read the full statement >>
Chinese State Media report on dialogue
Chinese State Media Xinhua, on February 2, reported that the the Chinese central government and representatives of the Dalai Lama had "sharply divided" views in the latest talks "as usual." Xinhua quoted Zhu Weiqun, executive vice minister of the United Front Work Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, who told a press conference, "We have been accustomed to such a confrontation of viewpoints as views had been divided in previous talks." But added that he said the talks "had some upside" as they let both sides know exactly their differences and how wide the differences were. Read the full news item >>
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Legitimacy and otherwise - February 3, 2009