With 60 Years Of Disappointment, We Remain Hopeful: Dr. Lobsang Sangay

With 60 years of disappointment confidence is not the word that comes to your mind, but as a human being we all should remain hopeful said Dr. Lobsang Sangay in a recent interview to CBC news network during his visit to Ottawa, Canada. The president of Central Tibetan Administration replied it to the question asking who how confident he is that he will get a dialogue with Chinese president.

“With 60 years of disappointment confidence is not the word that comes to your mind, but as a human being we all should remain hopeful. Now normally a president in his or her second term goes for legacy items right, you want to handle big complicated issues like President Obama tried to handle on Iran and Cuba. So similarly if Xi Jinping wants, Tibet is a low hanging fruit, because we are non-violent, we are reasonable and His Holiness the Dalai Lama is liked and admired by people around the world. And I think if His Holiness the Dalai Lama could return to Tibet, if genuine autonomy is granted to Tibetan people, this is a win-win proposition because Chinese government and Chinese leaders they want to enter into the international community as a responsible member. If that’s what they desire, solving the issue of Tibet will give them a lot of credibility.” said Dr. Lobsang Sangay while how asked how confident he is that he will get dialogue with the President while talking about dialogue between the envoys of the Dalai Lama and the representative of the Chinese government.

The president explained about the Middle Way Approach proposed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to resolve the Tibet issue peacefully while at the same time he also introduced the present Kashag (cabinet) five fifty policy proposed to proceed from the side of Tibetan administrative government in exile. Dr. Sangay also expressed his hope from Canada for the Tibet issue when asked.

“US government supports One China policy and also supports Middle Way Approach for the Tibetan people. So when President Obama met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2014 and 2016, both times White House has stated that they applaud and support the Middle Way Approach. And I hope Canada is next to America and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau included could come out with a same approach and say, yes, we support and accept One China policy, but we also support and applaud Middle Way Approach as envisioned by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.” he answered.

“One should enter into free trade agreement with China and try to make business and make profit from China, but at the same time you should remain Canadian, that people will say well Canadian stood on its principles and values. So Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seem to stand on his principle on gender equality, on lot of things, these are the principles he should stand up with China as well, as a friend or as a competitor.” the Tibetan prime minister of the exile government added in the conclusion.

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