By Choekyi Lhamo
DHARAMSHALA, Sept 25: The President of Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), also known as the Tibetan Government-in-exile, Dr. Lobsang Sangay said the Tibetan public needs to be more vigilant against Chinese-backed espionage in the community. He was speaking at a press launch of an incisive study titled “Tibetan Diaspora Community outside South Asia” on Friday.
President Sangay cited examples of two incidents of Tibetans caught for spying on the behalf of the Chinese government in Belgium and Sweden in the past. He also mentioned the arrest of Luo Sang (Charlie Peng) on the charges of money laundering and said that CTA had picked up on his activities and informed Indian authorities in Nov. 2016 which has led to his arrest this year.
He urged vigilance to similar incidents in the future as “even default association with the culprit can disrupt the community considerably”. He reiterated his concerns about Chinese intervention in the upcoming 2021 Sikyong (Presidential) elections, “China will definitely try to disrupt the elections as they have done with the US and Taiwan elections.”
President Sangay cautioned the Tibetans against Chinese influence in the community that intentionally create disharmony citing the recent arrests of Tibetan NYPD officer and called out the veteran Indian journalist Rajeev Sharma who was also recently detained under violating Indian espionage law.
He called on the public to be aware of the various challenges posed by the changing circumstances, and advised the public to stay secured from unnecessary conflicts within the community.