Bringing Tibetan and Chinese Communities Closer through dialogue and understanding, CTA President’s reaches out to Chinese in Australia

CTA President Dr Lobsang Sangay during an interview on ‘Morning with Genevieve Jacobs’ at ABC Radio and TV interview at ABC Station.

Canberra, August 07: Dr Lobsang Sangay, President of Central Tibetan Administration, arrived at Canberra to begin the second leg of his tri-city official tour of Australia on Monday following a series of hectic engagements in Sydney.

Members of Tibetan community in Canberra, a tiny population in the Capital, braved the chilling winter here to welcome the President who arrived late in the evening after a 6-hour journey from Sydney along with Mr Lhakpa Tsering Tshoko, the Representative and staff of Tibet Information Office and executive members and volunteers from Sydney Tibetan Association.

President Dr Sangay began his Canberra visit by attending a Tibetan-Chinese Friendship dinner hosted at Tang Dynasty Restaurant in Canberra. Around a dozen Chinese, comprising of intellectuals, activists and students attended the informal gathering with the Tibetans in the Capital.

Addressing the gathering in his opening remarks, Mr. Kelsang Gyaltsen Bawa, the Chinese liaison officer at Tibet Information Office, Canberra, said the meeting aims to bring the two communities “closer through dialogue and understanding.”

The President of CTA Dr. Lobsang Sangay spoke on the prospect of bringing democracy to China.

The meeting with the members of the Chinese community is the second in his three days here in Australia.

On Sunday, Dr. Lobsang Sangay met Chinese intellectuals and democracy activists at University of Technology, Sydney. Dr. Sangay spoke of Tibet’s past, present and the way forward. Dr. Sangay also opined the prospect of bringing about democracy in China should be “seen as an exciting opportunity to bring change in China and the world.” More than a hundred Chinese attended the talk by the President.

Prior to arriving at Canberra, the President halted for a lunch stopover during the ride to meet and greet a small Tibetan community at Nowra, Sydney.

Addressing the gathering comprising of former political prisoners, Dr. Sangay reminded the need to continue to work for the Tibetan cause.

“Advocating for Tibetan cause by the Tibetans (here) carry greater weight and significance since you are the very people who suffered and saw the tragic situation under the China’s rule first hand,” Dr. Sangay said.

Beginning the day second of his Canberra visit early in the morning on Tuesday, Dr. Sangay gave an interview for ‘Mornings with Genevieve Jacobs’ a Radio cum TV interview of ABC Canberra.

– Report filed by TTV Correspondent Tenzin Wangchuk –

CTA President at a dinner hosted by Tibetan-Chinese Friendship Association at Tang Dynasty restaurant.

CTA President Dr Lobsang Sangay welcomed by Tibetans in Canberra on his arrival.