Beijing blames the recent protests against Chinese rule in the TAR and other Tibetan areas on outside Tibetan groups and a ‘handful of splittests’ inside Tibet. Beijing has also stated that the ‘Dalai clique is not in a position to represent Tibetans at home or on the world stage’. However, support for the Dalai Lama was amply evident in this Spring’s Tibet demonstrations, and many foreign governments, including the US Congress, view the Dalai Lama as being a key figure in helping to resolve the situation in Tibet.So the question of who best represents the voices of the Tibetans in Tibet - the Beijing picked Tibetan communist cadres, or the Dalai Lama and the elected leaders of the exiled Tibetan community, is becoming an ever more critical one, and one that has serious implications in the post Dalai Lama scenario.
Kunleng invites Pema Jungne, former speaker of Tibetan Parliament in exile and Tsewang Phuntsok, South America coordinator at the Office of Tibet, New York City, to discuss these issues.
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