Dharamsala / New Delhi, 19 May
The Dalai Lama said on Thursday that the Chinese government had failed to win over the Tibetan people and transform their minds. Instead, the mindset of the Chinese people themselves changed rapidly, he said in a video message after a meeting with US Special Coordinator for Tibetan Affairs Uzra Zeya in the residence of the spiritual leader in McLeodganj.
China criticized the meeting, saying it violated the United States’ commitment that “Tibet was part of China and not to support its independence.” “It (US) should not provide any support for separatist activities of the anti-Chinese Dalai (Lama) clique. China will continue to take steps to defend its sovereignty, security and development interests,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian.
Beijing failed Tibetans
China has failed to win over the Tibetan people and transform their minds.— Dalai Lama, Tibetan Spiritual Leader
Keep your word
The United States should abide by its commitment not to support Tibet’s independence. – Zhao Lijian, Chinese spokesman
The Indian Foreign Ministry did not comment. Zeya also met Foreign Minister Vinay Mohan Kwatra and other senior officials at MEA here.
Zeya arrived in Dharamsala for a delightful welcome from Tibetans on Wednesday, and in a brief audience with the Dalai Lama, she conveyed the greetings of US President Joe Biden. She also visited the central Tibetan administration and held talks with its Sikyong (political leader) Penpa Tsering.
The senior diplomat was briefed on the parliament in exile and presented to some of its members by Vice-President Dolma Tsering Teykhang. The last visit by a U.S. coordinator of this kind was in 2016, when then-Deputy Secretary of State Sarah Sewall visited Dharamsala. The meeting follows a virtual speech by the Dalai Lama at a conference on Budh Purnima, organized by the Ministry of Culture.