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Beijing's development encourages more Chinese to move into Tibet

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tibet-delegates-2013Berlin, 13 November: - A Tibetan delegation led by Mr. Penpa Tsering, speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile said Tibetans are not against the Chinese development projects in Tibet but the projects are encouraging Chinese population to move into Tibet.

According to the Central Tibetan Administration, the Tibetan Parliamentarian delegation from Dharamsala called on Mrs. Sabine Bätzing-Lichtenthäler MP, Chairperson of the Tibet-Group in German Parliament on arrival in Berlin, the capital city of Germany.

During the hour-long meeting, Speaker Mr. Penpa Tsering of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile briefed Mrs. Bätzing-Lichtenthäler of the current situation in Tibet as well as their meetings in Belgium, France and Holland.

A Tibetan Parliamentarian delegation is on a five nations tour of Europe. They will travel to United Kingdom after the German visit.

"China has further intensified their propaganda and restriction of independent news from outside," said Mr. Penpa Tsering.

The biggest threat in Tibet is the demographic aggressive – the movements of Chinese into Tibet, said the Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile. Tibetans are not against development. The development projects in Tibet are not helping the Tibetans but are encouraging Chinese to move into Tibet. He said in Lhasa for every 1 Tibetan there are 3 Chinese.

Mr. Penpa Tsering said on 11 November, a 20-year-old Tibetan monk from Akyong monastery in Golog in Eastern Tibet self-immolated. "We don't encourage self-immolation," said Mr. Penpa Tsering. He said the Chinese authority in Tibet continues to deny the basic rights of the Tibetan people.

The speaker said that the Tibetan Parliament in Exile is committed to the Middle Way Approach.

"Non-violence and dialogue are the way forward to resolve the Tibetan struggle", said Mr. Penpa Tsering.

The Chinese government's extensive economic development programs in Tibet have disproportionately benefited only Chinese and increased Chinese migration to the region, stoking Tibetan fears of cultural assimilation.

According to a 1990s census, outside of the traditional Tibetan "Bharkor" market there are around 3,500 to 4,000 shops and restaurants in Lhasa, but Tibetans own only 400-450 of them, leaving the remaining 85% under non-Tibetan (usually Chinese) ownership.

As a result, Tibetans have been economically marginalized and deprived of their own fair share.Chinese officials have claimed "Tibetans make up more than 95 percent of the region's 2.9 million people," but refuse to give estimates on Chinese migrants, who are not registered residents.

According to Nyima T.J, a Tibetan political analyst in exile, like other towns, the city of Lhasa has expanded and the population has increased from 30,000 in 1950s to 200,000 in 1998.

It is estimated that as much as 60-70% of the population in Lhasa is now Chinese. Not only do they dominate private businesses, but they also occupy most government-related employment. "Approximately 95 percent of official Chinese immigrants are employed" he added.

Mrs. Bätzing-Lichtenthäler, a member of Parliament from the Social Democratic Party informed the Tibetan Parliamentarians of the work done by the Tibet-Group in German Parliament. She thanked the Tibetan Parliamentarians for their visit and the updating her on the situation in Tibet.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 November 2013 18:19 )  


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