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Feature-photo-768x560Dharamshala — Tibet was illegally occupied by China in 1949 and China's claims are out of touch with reality, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) Thursday said, adding that 'they are soon releasing a book titled 'Tibet is not a part of China but the Middle Way remains a Viable Solution.'

The comments came just after China published so called "a secret memorandum written by the US State Department on January 9, 1964 and intended for the Special Activities Division (SAD), CIA.' The communist regime of China believes it is an "untold story of CIA covert operations in Tibet".

The flagship book which is CTA's report on situation inside Tibet under the Chinese occupation is published in three languages- Tibetan, English and Chinese.

"China has time and again made every effort to create a pristine image of Tibet that is out of touch with reality. Soon after its formation in 1949, the People's Republic of China occupied Tibet under the guise of 'liberation. Since then, people inside Tibet have expressed their deep resistance against China's Tibet policies through numerous peaceful protests," Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay said, in a press release from the The Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR), on Thursday, December 15, 2016.

"It is quite clear that issues such as the reincarnation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the degradation of Tibet's ecosystem, the rapid urbanization of Tibetan rural areas have a direct impact on the world at large," the press release said.

"Therefore we are releasing this publication in three languages to present the current situation inside Tibet under the Chinese rule and share our position on these issues in order to draw international attention and generate public discourse on the best way forward to resolving the issue of Tibet, that is through the Middle Way Approach," it added.

Along with Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay, former diplomat and MP, Shri Mani Shakar Aiyar and academic and writer Prof. Madhu Kishwar will grace the book launch," according to the press release.

DIIR will also organize a symposium on 'Tibet's Past, Present and Future—What is the Way Forward?' Both the book launch and the symposium will take place at the Speaker Hall, Constitution Club of India in New Delhi on December 17, 2017 from 11:00 to 16:30. The event will be streamed live on Tibet TV's YouTube and Facebook page.

The high-profile symposium, will bring together political leaders, thinkers, intellectuals, academicians and policy makers from across the world to discuss about Tibet. The day-long symposium will feature three plenary sessions to discuss– Tibet's Historical Past, Current situation in Tibet under China's occupation and Middle Way Policy—the Way Forward.

Dr Lobsang Sangay, Sikyong (Political Leader), Central Tibetan Administration, Dharamsala, Prof. Brahma Chellaney,Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, Claude Arpi, Historian and Tibetologist, Auroville, Prof. Dibyesh Anand, University of Westminster, London, Jayadeva Ranade, Centre for China Analysis and Strategy, New Delhi and Kate Saunders, International Campaign for Tibet, Washington D.C., will speak on the issues informing Tibet's past, present and future.

"We hope that the symposium will help widen the horizon of intellectual discourse and dialogue on Tibet, it's history, it's present status and it's future directions,"— said Dhardon Sharling, Information Secretary, the DIIR of the CTA.

In Tibet today, Tibetans are being arbitrarily arrested, imprisoned and tortured for merely expressing their suffering under Chinese rule. However, authorities in Beijing still claim that "China 'peacefully liberated' Tibet, and that the Tibetans are living in a "Maoist socialist paradise."

Tibet was invaded by Communist China, starting in 1949, Beijing calls a "peaceful liberation". Since that time, over 1.2 million out of 6 Tibetans have been killed, over 6000 monasteries have been destroyed— the acts of murder, rape and arbitrary imprisonment, torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment were inflicted on the Tibetans inside Tibet.