torsdag 29. juli 2021

Blinken Meets Tibet Exile Government Representative in India

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a meeting with a representative of Tibet’s exile government in New Delhi, India Wednesday, a move that Tibet analysts said showed Washington’s commitment to supporting Tibetan rights in the face of harsh Chinese rule. Blinken met in the Indian capital with Ngodup Dongchung, a representative of the Central Tibetan Administration, the Tibetan exile government based in Dharamsala, a northern Indian city that has hosted the Dalai Lama since he fled his homeland in 1959.

Vijay Kranti, a Sino-Indian analyst and journalist, told RFA’s Tibetan Service the meeting represented a “very significant diplomatic development at the international level. It simply shows a big change for the Tibetan movement.”

Kranti said the meeting sent a message to Beijing and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who made an unannounced visit to the Tibetan capital Lhasa last week. Chinese state media did not cover the visit until two days after it happened. “It is a very interesting contrast that has happened within just one week. Secretary Blinken met with the Dalai Lama’s representative openly, but Xi Jinping had to visit Tibet in secret,” Kranti said.