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Tibet-Conference-Taiwan-2014Taipei: - An international conference to discuss the issue of Tibet, Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia was held September 20 at the National Taiwan University Alumini Hall in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan.

The conference was organized jointly by the local Tibetan Welfare Association and the Office of Tibet. It was attended by around 16 outstanding academicians, media personalities and activists from various fields.

The conference was addressed by academics from the United States, France, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and China, which also included Chinese, Mongolian and Uyghur scholars.

The meeting was mainly intended to discuss issues ranging from the Kunming event in Yunnan and the Middle-Way as a framework for the resolution of the Tibet issue to the present situation in Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia and the overall status of support for Tibet in Taiwan.

Among those who gave presentations during this conference included Ilham Mahmut, president of the Japan Uyghur Association; Tang Donhong, Chinese writer and democracy activist based in Israel; Prof. Su Chia Hong, the author of Democracy in Exile; Yang Sen Hong, chairman of the Taiwan Association for China Human Rights; and Tseng Chien-Yuan, associate prof. of public administration at Chung Hua University.

Talking the truth of Kunming incident, World Uighur Congress Vice-President Ilham Mahmut said 'there are a lot of doubtful points made by the Chinese authorities.'

Prof De-Ron Chou asked: "The Chinese authorities defined Kunming attack is caused by international terrorists, if that was true, why China don't let UN in and do some research?"

Ilham Mahmut responded by adding that, "Every UN human rights conferences in Geneva, we have tried to suggest the same, but Chinese authorities didn't agree with the convey, so the UN cannot do anything about it."

Prof, Chien-Yuan Tseng said: "When any human rights violations occurred in China, we need to spread toward world throughout Taiwan."

Julie Couderc from National Taiwan University said "Because of, from Vietnam to Xinjiang, including Ilham Tohti issue, it has brought more difficulties issues to China. Therefore, "China would put impose more government control against Uighur people. China also use localized policy to damage the culture of Uighur people, including using interracial marriage."

Comparing with Hmongb in Guangxi, "Xinjiang and Tibet do not have a real autonomy, that's why there are the conflicts." Said Prof Mu-Min Chen while sharing his own research about the ethnic minorities in China.

Bo-In Tu, a Inner Mongolia freedom activist introduced the changes made in Inner Mongolia after the Chinese colonization of the region.

"In 1947, there were 51 Buddhist temples and monasteries in Inner Mongolia with over 1200 monks. Now there are only two temple left without monk and nuns," Bo-In Tu said, adding: The Chinese authorities still take lands from our farmers and the temples' areas become state farm under local administrations."

Bo-In Tu still hold a positive changes toward his homeland, and he urges all Mongolians in Taiwan to keep learn their own language and culture.

Xian-Hon Yang, president of Taiwan Association for China Human Rights talked on the Middle Way Approach advocated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama seeking a "genuine autonomy" for Tibetans within the framework of the Chinese constitution.

Prof Hou-Ren Wu however said that the Middle Way is a strategy which the Chinese authorities have misinterpreted in China, because of that they claimed its "destabilizing" the region.

"Recent years, China economically become more powerful, countries around the world are scared to stand for Tibet," said Chi-Ren Sun, president of Tibetan-Taiwan Friendship Association.

Prof Jia-Hong Su said "after Xi Jinping became China's new leader, he has a more hopes toward the issues of Tibet, hoping Xi can find a solution through a standpoint between China and Tibet."

The meeting was also attended by Taiwanese lawmakers, Chinese writers, members of NGOs based in the country, including Taiwan Friends of Tibet and Taiwan Association for Human Rights.

Other topics discussed at this meeting included democratic principles, national issues, and the needs to further raise the issue of Tibet in Taiwan.

"Tibet supporters and members from the Taiwanese NGOs also discussed the needs to protect rights of Tibetans in Taiwan," one of the participants told TPI News, saying they will make further efforts of interacting with more intellectuals and activities, to get more attention on Tibet and human rights in China.

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