TRUMP'S "ONE CHINA" COMMENTS WILL HELP OUR CAUSE, SAYS EXILED TIBETAN GOVERNMENT

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Trump's "one China" comments will help our cause, says exiled Tibetan government
KEYWORDS: Donald Trump, US, China, Tibet, Dharamsala, Taiwan, Dalai Lama
Tibetan government-in-exile says US President-elect Donald Trump's recent remarks on "one China" principle will help the mountain kingdom highlight its struggle against Beijing on the global platform.
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DHARAMSALA, HIMACHAL PRADESH, INDIA (DECEMBER 15, 2016) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (ANI – NO ACCESS ARD/BBC)
1. A GATE
2. VARIOUS OF BUILDINGS
3. A WOMAN COMING OUT OF THE BUILDING
4. A BOARD READING IN ENGLISH
5. WOMEN WALKING
6. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SECRETARY OF DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF TIBETAN GOVERNMENT-IN-EXILE, DHARDON SHARLING, SAYING: "I am sure that ever since that statement was made, US-China ties are in the spotlight and that also kind of brings Tibet on to the global attention. So, which means it does serve a good purpose for us to highlight or to have our say in this whole bilateral US-China ties."
7. WHITE FLASH
8. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SECRETARY OF DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF TIBETAN GOVERNMENT-IN-EXILE, DHARDON SHARLING, SAYING: "Like the former US presidents, we hope that he (Donald Trump) will continue to engage on the middle way policy and call for dialogue between the envoys of the Dalai Lama and the Chinese representatives and like how series of US presidents have met with the Dalai Lama. We really hope that a meeting will take place very soon."
9. SHARLING USING HER PHONE
10. CLOSE OF SHARLING
STORY: Tibetan government-in-exile on Thursday (December 15) said US President-elect Donald Trump's recent remarks on "one China" principle will help the mountain kingdom highlight its struggle against Beijing on the global platform.
Last Sunday (December 11) Trump said the United States did not necessarily have to stick to its long-standing position that Taiwan is part of "one China".
Trump's comments came after he prompted a diplomatic protest from China over his decision to accept a telephone call from Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen on December 2.
"I am sure that ever since that statement was made, US-China ties are in the spotlight and that also kind of brings Tibet on to the global attention. So, which means it does serve a good purpose for us to highlight or to have our say in this whole bilateral US-China ties," said Secretary of Department of Information and International Relations of Tibetan government-in-exile, Dhardon Sharling.
Trump's call with Tsai was the first such contact with Taiwan by a U.S. president-elect or president since President Jimmy Carter switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979, acknowledging Taiwan as part of "one China".
Beijing considers Taiwan a renegade province and the subject is a sensitive one for China.
Sharling added the Tibetan government was hopeful of a meeting between Trump and the Dalai Lama.
"Like the former US presidents, we hope that he (Donald Trump) will continue to engage on the middle way policy and call for dialogue between the envoys of the Dalai Lama and the Chinese representatives and like how series of US presidents have met with the Dalai Lama. We really hope that a meeting will take place very soon," said Sharling.
China describes the incorporation of Tibet into its territory in 1951 as "peaceful liberation", and says it has brought development to what was a backward region.
The Dalai Lama, who fled from Tibet into exile in India in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, says he wants genuine autonomy for Tibet, not independence.
China says Tibet already has genuine autonomy, and exile groups seek to split the country. Tibetans accuse China of eroding their Buddhist culture and flooding the region with ethnic Han Chinese.

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