Exile Govt not Involved with Taiwan Group
(by Penpa Dolma | www.tibet.ca | February 2, 2003)
Prof Samthong Rinpoche, the Prime Minister of Exile Government said
that the Exile government has nothing to do with the founding of
Taiwan Tibet Exchange Foundation.
Taiwan Tibet Exchange Foundation is founded by purely a Taiwanese Non
Governmental Organization and we have nothing to do with it the
Foundation... he said.
With the founding of Taiwan Tibet Exchange Foundation, it hopes to
strengthen and improve the ties between common Taiwanese people and
Tibetan people of their daily religious and cultural life.
Until now, there was no such agency who particularly looks for Tibetans
and for Tibet issue. And through this foundation Tibetans might be able
to reach to the Taiwanese people and to have easy access to Taiwan for
relations and various purposes, he added.
Taiwanese leaders are all to discuss His Holiness s third visit soon to
Taiwan after the first and second visit in 1997 and 2001 respectively.
Dalia Lama's government has been trying to solve Tibet issue
encouraging China to re-open dialogue which was broken off in 1993 and
later picked up in September last year.
Setting up this foundation and His Holiness' visit there might halt the
hopeful ongoing peaceful dialogue. The exile government thinks that
founding of Taiwan-Tibet Exchange Foundation will not act as hindrance
to the dialogue.
The foundation wasn't set up by our initiation but by Taiwanese people.
The negotiation with the mainland China is purely about the future of
6 million Tibetan people. That 6 million people has nothing to do with
Taiwan and Taiwanese people, he said.
He emphasized that nobody should mix up the relation between His Holiness
with Taiwan issue and that China should sought out their
problem with Taiwan through negotiation and other appropriate means
since the problem between them was not created by Tibetans.
Problem with Mainland China and Taiwan wasn't created by Tibetans and
Tibetan issue has nothing to do with Taiwan therefore in future also
Tibet and Taiwan issue will remain complete different, both has nothing
to do with the other, says Prof Samdhong.
With six months to go for the new leadership of China to come forward
for dialogue on Tibet issue, he said that exile government has given
it's fullest co operation to create the most congenial atmosphere for
China to start a meaningful dialogue.
Six month duration for the new leadership would be an adequate time to
take decision and by the time if we are convinced that China is not
going to start a meaningful dialogue, then we shall review whole
By that he mean to launch peaceful protest (Sathagraha)
as Mahatma Gandhi did in case China fails to show interest in keeping the dialogue open.
We cannot wait indefinitely because time is not enough to wait and
situation in Tibet is deteriorating day by day so we will take action
after the set date, he said.
Exile government is hopeful that China s leadership will start dialogue
and resolve this Tibet issue to bring stability, peace and prosperity in
People Republic of China (PRC), particularly in Asia. And the best time
for them to resolve the problem is now, when His Holiness is present.
They have to resolve this problem impeccably with a lasting solution
only with the leadership of present 14th His Holiness. Non-availability
of H.H in future means this problem couldn't be tackled and this fact is
acknowledge openly or not by China's leadership.
Thus he says that China has to come negotiate when His Holiness is there
and added that he is confident that China will come around for
negotiation how hard task it might turn out to be.