New Head of Tibetan Exile Government Vows to ‘Reach Out’ to Recalcitrant China

New Head of Tibetan Exile Government Vows to ‘Reach Out’ to Recalcitrant China

"Middle Way" architect the Dalai Lama hails the maturing of democracy in Dharamsala, shrugging off Beijing's criticism.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet
  • Tibetan exile political leader Penpa Tsering was sworn in Thursday as Sikyong, or head of Tibet's India-based government-in-exile, the Central Tibetan Administration.
  • Divisions persist in the Tibetan exile community -- about 150,000 people living in 40 countries, mainly India, Nepal, North America, and in Europe -- over how best to advance the rights of the 6.3 million Tibetans living in China, with some calling for a restoration of the independence lost when Chinese troops marched into Tibet in 1950.
  • "We will reach out to the Chinese government to find a mutually beneficial, negotiated, non-violent solution to the Sino-Tibet conflict," Tsering said, stressing his fidelity to the 85-year-old Dalai Lama's "Middle Way" approach.

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