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Tibetan delegation meets with US Speaker, Czech Foreign Minister in Washington

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Tibetan delegation led by CTA President Penpa Tsering with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday in Washington(Photo/CTA)

By Choekyi Lhamo

DHARAMSHALA, April 30: The Tibetan delegation led by CTA President Penpa Tsering on Thursday met with long-time Tibet supporter and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, accompanied by Office of Tibet representative Namgyal Choedup, ICT Board chairman and celebrity Richard Gere, with Zeekgyab Rinpoche from Tashi Lhunpo monastery. The delegation also met with Czech Foreign minister Jan Lipavsky on Tuesday, which consequently received harsh rebuke from the Chinese embassy in Prague.

During the hour-long meeting, the CTA delegation apprised the US Speaker of the urgent issues concerning Tibet, including discussions about collective decisions on their future course of action in regard to resolving the Sino-Tibet conflict. Tsering thanked Pelosi on Twitter for her invitation to the State Department and her continued support for the Tibetan struggle, “For Tibetan people and millions facing oppression, Madam US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi represents hope. Her ardent advocacy has been instrumental in bringing the Tibetan people’s voice to the global stage. It was such an honor meeting her today.”

Earlier this week, the elected head of the Tibetan government-in-exile met with the Czech Foreign Minister Lipavsky in Washington. “We share the same values and are eager to defend democracy. Czech also experienced what it was like to live under the influence of a superpower and to be deprived of human rights,” the Czech leader wrote after his meeting with Penpa Tsering on Tuesday. The CTA President in turn wrote that their close association stems from the “enduring friendship between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and [first President] Vaclav Havel.”

Sikyong Penpa Tsering in talks with Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky on Tuesday in Washington(Photo/CTA)

Following their closed-door meeting, the Chinese embassy in Prague issued a statement calling Lipavsky’s association a “serious breach” in relations with the Beijing administration, adding that the Czechs had sent “a consequentially wrong message” to the Tibetan separatist movement. The Czech foreign minister has been a vocal critic of the Chinese government, especially due to CCP’s support for Russia’s rationale for the illegal military invasion of Ukraine.

2 Responses

  1. It’s not John, it’s Jiang speaks. We are not foolish nor drunk. Let the poor spy or devil communist kids cry in Phayul. The most civilized and leaders of the human being showed concern on our just cause and the devil cry all the time. The CCP leaders or Chinese Communist People despite how well they dress up, to me they always appears like wolves wrapped in the human outfit.

  2. And now Pelosi is meeting with Zelenskyy in Kyiv. So much has been attained in the name of “peace”? Why not have some more Americans representing CTA and then wonder why the Chinese and Indians may have issues with that? Perhaps Pelosi should also try to get the Chinese to allow the Pope to visit?

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