London: The BBC World Service this evening devoted a special programme on Tibet focusing primarily on the statement His Holiness the Dalai Lama had made on Saturday that he was losing faith in the Chinese government and which some news reports, including the BBC, have interpreted as His Holiness "giving up negotiating with China for greater autonomy for Tibet".
Participating in the BBC debate, Mr. Tsering Tashi, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama based at the Office of Tibet in London, clarified that His Holiness has not and will not give up or walk out from his responsibility to serve the well being and happiness of the Tibetan people. He said that it is because of the Chinese government's lack of any positive response to the Middle-Way Approach which takes into consideration the welfare of both the Tibetan and Chinese peoples, that His Holiness has stated he is losing his faith in the Chinese government but not his faith on the Chinese people.
Mr. Tsering Tashi said many Chinese people, including intellectuals, through better awareness and information are showing more respect to His Holiness and also supporting the Tibetan leader's pragmatic Middle-Way Approach. To a question on whether His Holiness was walking out of the Tibetan cause, Mr. Tashi said this is not true because working for the Tibetan issue forms one of the three commitments of His Holiness' life, the other two being promoting positive human values as a member of the human family and promoting religious harmony because of his role as a religious practitioner.
He told the BBC presenter, Mr. James Fletcher, that the Chinese government still has the opportunity to show their sincerity during the next round of dialogue scheduled to take place at the end of this month between the envoys of His Holiness and the Chinese government. He also called for more effective pressure on the Chinese leadership and said that the onus is on the various governments and the United Nations to give peaceful initiatives a chance and that in their dealings with China, they should give more importance to human rights rather than to temporary economic gains.
In the debate Mr. Tsering Tashi was joined in the London BBC's Bush House Studio by Mr. Jett Nan Song, a Chinese student, and from around the world by questioners and commentators, including Mr. Mayank Chhaya, commentator on South Asian affairs for the New Delhi-based Indo-Asian News Service and author of the fascinating book, "Dalai Lama" that reveals the Tibetan spiritual and temporal leader's life story and his struggle for Tibet.
A full account of the "World Have Your Say" debate has been made available on the BBC website. To listen, click the below link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/podcasts/whys/Report filed by Office of Tibet, London