Tibetan leader hopes Trump will support Tibet cause
Dharamsala, Feb 13 (IANS) Tibetan Prime Minister in-exile Lobsang Sangay on Monday said he hoped US President Donald Trump will meet the Dalai Lama and support human rights issues in Tibet.
“We also hope that President Trump will continue the past tradition of US Presidents meeting with the Dalai Lama, support the middle-way approach and human rights of the Tibetan people,” Sangay, the head of the self-declared Tibetan government, told reporters in Tokyo.
Urging the Japanese government to support the “middle-way approach” of the Tibetan people towards seeking genuine autonomy for Tibet, he said: “It does not contradict China’s sovereignty and is a win-win solution for Tibetans and Chinese.”
“We are seeking genuine autonomy for Tibet through non-violence and Chinese government can’t say no to this. During their meetings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, former US Presidents Barack Obama have expressed their strong and consistent support for the middle-way approach,” he said.
“Your support is not for the six million Tibetans but it is a support for justice, human rights and environment of Tibet,” Sangay said during a public talk on the way forward to resolve the problem of Tibet in Tokyo.
He said that to understand China, one must understand Tibet.
“China is everywhere in Asia. All this happened because people did not pay attention to what happened in Tibet 60 years ago,” he added
Sangay is currently in Japan to meet Japanese officials and Tibetan supporters to resolve the problem of Tibet.
The Dalai Lama fled Tibet with many of his supporters and took refuge in India when the Chinese troops moved in and took control of Lhasa in 1959.
The Tibetan administration is based in Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh.