By Choekyi Lhamo
DHARAMSHALA, Oct. 21: The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China’s (IPAC) proposed counter meeting in Rome next week ahead of the G20 global meet, has invited leaders from the exile Tibetan government, Taiwan, Hong Kong and East Turkestan, the alliance announced Monday.
The international cross-party group of legislators has invited Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, CTA President Penpa Tsering, former HK legislator Nathan Law and Uyghur activist Rahima Mahmut for the upcoming conference. The IPAC is said to focus on leaders targeted by Beijing, including Tibet, Hong Kong and East Turkestan, ahead of the G20 summit to demand a tougher stance towards the Chinese government.
The counter meeting on Oct. 29 could also see participation from sanctioned leaders and IPAC members including former UK Conservative leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith, Belgian Green MP Samuel Cogolati, EPP MEP Miriam Lexmann and Lithuanian Social Democratic MP Dovilė Šakalienė. According to the statement, the Chinese government imposed travel bans and other sanctions on nine IPAC members earlier this year.
It is uncertain if the Foreign Minister of Taiwan would be able to attend the in-person meeting as the ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou told the press that the deliberation details about Wu’s visit to Europe is currently underway. Similarly, Sikyong of the Central Tibetan Administration, also known as the Tibetan government-in-exile, Penpa Tsering’s participation in the meeting has not been confirmed by officials following the IPAC announcement.
IPAC was established last year in June, and is currently composed of parliamentarians from 19 countries that span from five continents and the European Union (EU). The alliance aims to promote cooperation between different groups to push China to respect globally acknowledged regulations, human rights through legislation and respect border security with neighboring countries.