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“No room for authoritarianism”, says CTA Prez Penpa Tseing at IPAC meet

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CTA President Penpa Tsering addressing the IPAC conference in Rome, Italy (Photo/IPAC)

By Tenzin Dharpo

DHARAMSHALA, Oct. 30: The President of the exile Tibetan government, known officially as the Central Tibetan Administration called out the Chinese regime and its authoritarian rule during the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) meet held on Friday in Rome.

“We are in the 21st century. People have the right to think, act and express themselves. As free people and in this age of 21st century, there is no room for authoritarianism,” the CTA President said in his condemnation of the Chinese regime.

The Tibetan leader said the free world, especially the G20 nations must speak up for those less privileged so that values of peace and equality are universally enjoyed. “For the G20 members of the democratic countries, it is not enough to have freedom in your own countries since the entire world is an interdependent community of human beings. It is paramount that you ensure the values you cherish in your countries be available to those ruled by authoritarian ones like the Chinese government,” the Sikyong (President) said.

President Tsering further said that China’s clout as a global leader is incomplete without the moral authority that it lacks currently. “Despite being politically, militarily, and economically empowered, China lacks the moral power,” he said.

CTA President with legislators from around the world during the IPAC conference in Rome, Italy (Photo/

The IPAC counter-meeting held ahead of the G20 Leaders Summit calls for a tougher position against the Chinese government. The alliance which was established last year is composed of parliamentarians from 19 countries that span five continents and the European Union (EU). The IPAC is said to focus on leaders of oppressed people including Tibetans, Hong Kongers and Uyghurs to strategize a collective and bolstered offense against China.

This year’s edition of the meet was participated by global parliamentarians from democratic countries like the U.S, Europe, Canada, Japan, and India among others. Garnett Genuis, Member of the Canadian House of Commons; Samuel Cogolati, Member of the Chamber of Representatives of Belgium; Dovile šakalienė Member of Seimas, Lithuania; Iain Duncan Smith, Member of House of Commons, UK; Shri Sujeet Kumar, MP, Rajya Sabha, India took part in the IPAC 2021.

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