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Activists stage protest ahead of Chinese FM’s visit

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Tibetan activist protesting Qin Gang's India's visit at the Chinese embassy in New Delhi (Photo/SFT)

By Tenzin Nyidon 

DHARAMSHALA, March 2: Tibetan activists from Students for a Free Tibet (SFT), National Democratic Party of Tibet (NDPT) and Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) staged a protest at the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi against Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang’s visit to India on Thursday. Mr. Qin will attend the G20 Foreign Ministers’ meeting in New Delhi on March 2 at the invitation of India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, a statement from the Foreign Ministry read. 

The protesters shouted slogans, “Qin Gang Go Back!” and “G20 Protect Tibetan Children”. Phayul learned that police detained the protestors, but were later released. The activists condemned the Chinese Communist Party’s policy of sinicization that enforced nearly 1.2 million Tibetan children in colonial boarding schools in occupied Tibet by separating them from their families at the age of just four or five. The rights group also called out G20 leaders around the world to protect the millions of Tibetan children forced into these colonial boarding schools and are stripped of their identity to learn Mandarin and the Chinese way of life.

Meanwhile, banners and posters calling out Mr. Qin and G20 leaders have been torn and taken down around the Indian capital, to which Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) responded by saying, “this shows the insecurity level of CCP China and also the suppression of freedom of speech of Tibetans in a free country,” on their social media handle. “China should be held accountable for all the atrocities and human rights violations in Tibet and other occupied countries,” they added. 

Mr. Qin’s visit to the G20 meeting marks the first high-level leadership visit from China to India since March 2022. Since early 2022,  bilateral exchange between the two sides was stalled following tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and China’s mobilisation of troops at the friction areas. 

2 Responses

  1. protests don’t change anything really. If some countries has something to gain by intervening into Tibet-China conflict, they will do it, with or without protest. eg. Iraq war. They have oil. But if there is nothing to gain from intervention, then 1,000,000,00000 protest everyday won’t make a difference. Actually everyone is on their own in the deep dark sense. Look at each country we are seeking help from such as usa, uk, europe, all of these countries are in shambles. They don’t have enough money themselves to support their own people. Children are going hungry, and men are homeless on the street due to rising cost of living and rent hikes. How can you support a poor person when you yourself is deep in debt and can’t afford the life you need?

    When we are protesting, we are saying: ” Look, we are suffering this much. Can’t you do something?” But then, other person will say ” everyone is fighting their own battles. Be kind.” One sinking person cannot save another sinking person, because if it is attempted, then both will sink. So don’t hope for anything from america or europe. Help can only come from India to solve Tibet-china crisis. India is a very old and ancient country, people are very intelligent and skilled and compassionate, European people are obsessed with sex, beauty and power, and their lives are culturally short-termist optimized for temporary gains. Because european states are capitalist democracies, they do not have ‘ continuity’. So every five years, policies change. But countries like india and china are more long-termists, as they think 10 generations or 1000 years in future.
    imagine europe intervenes and say ‘ give middle way policy or autonomy to poor tibetans right now’, and China says ” ok, if you say so. yes” and sign documents for genuine autonomy, and all exile Tibetans return to Tibet along with HH Dalai Lama in 2025. But then, what if China takes a U-turn in 2035, and cancel Middle Way. What will Europe do? They will show emotional support and make news, but there will be no fighter jets to challenge Beijing militarily, again we have to accept our situation. Then Tibetans have to flee to India again, and seek refugee status. This is totally nonsense and circular.

    Have you ever thought once China gives Middle Way approach, it is forever? You are being naive. What a master gives, a master can take back. But what is seized from a master, master has to seize it back. And seizing an object is harder.

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