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taipei-conference-2013Dharamshala: - An international conference on China's leadership transition and democracy held in Taipei on 27 – 30 April. Over 80 participants from East Turkestan, Mongolia, Taiwan, Macau and China attended the conference and the problem of Tibet were among top issues raised during the meeting.

As requested by the organisers, His Holiness the Dalai Lama sent a message to the conference. His Holiness the Dalai Lama's representative to Taiwan, Mr Dawa Tsering, briefed the participants on the tragic self-immolation by Tibetans in protest against the Chinese government's repressive policies.

At the start of the second day of the conference, a Chinese youth from mainland China stood up to raise his concern on the situation in Tibet. He proposed to the conference participants to condole all those Tibetans who have set themselves on fire to protest China's repression. The conference organisers supported his suggestion and a minute's silence was observed.

According to the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), the conference was attended by members of the Taiwanese Parliament, special representative of US Congress, senior officials of the CTA, including Mr Penpa Tsering, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Mr Tashi Phuntsok, Secretary for Information and International Relations, and Mr Phagpa Tsering, additional secretary at the Tibet Policy Institute.

Speaker Penpa Tsering then spoke on the threats facing the survival of Tibet and Tibetan people under the Chinese rule. Secretary Tashi Phuntsok spoke on the efforts made by the Central Tibetan Administration to resolve the issue of Tibet.

Later in the evening, the CTA officials held meetings with a group of mainland Chinese, including lawyers, who were attending the conference. During the four-hour meeting, they discussed and agreed on steps to raise the Chinese people's awareness and understanding about the issue of Tibet.

The CTA officials also met with participants from Uyghur, Mongolia and Hong Kong and exchanged views about a range of issues.

The Office of Tibet and the Tibetan Association jointly organised a meeting between the visiting CTA officials and members of the Tibetan community.

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