Taipei: - After his successful Japan and European cycling tour,Tibetan activist Rinpo Yak reached Taiwan on September 5 and he was received at the airport by the Representative of the Tibetan Community and supporters.
In Taiwan he has plan to tour from Taipei to Taichung on the way to Xinzhu and will back to Taipei on 11th of September. In Taipei he met with the city councilor Ms. Jian Yu Yen and DPP legislator Ms. Bi-khim Hsiao in their respective office and has briefed them his cycling tour for Tibet and appeal them for their support for Tiber and Tibetan people.
Rinpo Yak, a 42-year father of two young teenagers and at present he is living in Minnesota, United State. Since 2000, Rinpo Yak has cycled across 44 of the 50 states in the US – covering over 8,400 miles. In March this year, coinciding with the anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising, Yak set out his latest global solo cycling tour from Brussels, the European Union's Headquarters.
Since 2009, Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) of Amdo Province in eastern Tibet has witnessed the largest number of Tibetans resorting to self-immolations in protest of Chinese government's misguided policy on Tibet. Showing solidarity with his brethren in Tibet, Yak said, "I am a Tibetan from Ngaba. I have been living in the US with my family since 1998 after fleeing Tibet into Nepal the year before.
My main mission for undertaking this global cycling tour is to raise the deplorable condition of human rights in Tibet whilst carrying the messages of over 120 self-immolated Tibetans, who died calling for freedom and the return of our Spiritual Leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet.
Yak said that the European countries were showing overwhelming support and solidarity with the Tibetan people, and the public figures he met with were also candid about the growing influence of China's economic power, indicating clear challenges to the Tibetan struggle in the years ahead.
Yak also took part in the Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle festival, which organisers estimated some 50,000 cyclists joined in the streets of London. Yak stood out from the cyclists as he was flying Tibetan national flag on his bike!
Yak left for Japan on the morning of 12 August to continue his mission. He reached Japan on 13th of August and about 17 days he cycled around many cities in Japan.
He will leave Taiwan on September 12 morning to continue his cycling tour for Tibet to Honkong and then to Nepal and India.
He said that the Middle Way Approach is the best way to solve Tibetan problems with Chinese government.
When thinking the Tibetan peoples hardships and their sacrifice for the just cause of Tibet Rinpo said he really feels deep sadness while talking and meeting with media. The hardships and sacrifice by the Tibetan people inside Tibet are my main source of courage and determination for this world cycling tour for Tibet. I hope that Tibet issue will solve during the life time of our spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
At last I thank the different people whom I met during my cycling tour for showing their genuine support and encouragement and further I appeal the world leaders and the International community to urge the Chinese government to stop their repressive policy on Tibet and Tibetan people.