- 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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