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Tibet-Taiwan-2014Taipei: - A Tibetan Parliamentary delegation led by Deputy Speaker Khenpo Sonam met with members of the Taiwanese Parliament in Taipei on Monday (December 8, 2014).

The Tibetan delegation met with Chen Chieh-ju and Hsiao Bi-khim, members of Taiwan's Legislative Yuan. The delegation spoke about the current situation in Tibet and the reasons that led over 130 Tibetans to self-immolate in protest against Chinese repressive rule in Tibet.

Briefing the Taiwanese parliamentarians about the critical situation inside Tibet, the delegation also stressed the need to enhance contacts between Taiwan and the Tibetan people.

During the discussions, they also spoke about the silver jubilee celebrations of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Nobel Peace Prize and about the "Taiwan-Tibet Exchange Foundation"- it's challenges and future operation, including providing chances for the exiled Tibetans with learning opportunity in the country.

The foundation was established in 2003, when Chen Shui-bian was President of Taiwan, to promote exchanges between Taiwan and the Central Tibetan Administration in various fields, including tourism, education, human rights and humanitarian assistance.

The delegation also paid a visit to three Buddhist center and Tibetan community in Taipei. In recent years, Tibetan Buddhism has become very popular in Taiwan and the Taipei area alone boasts more than fifty centers.

The delegation is accompanied by Ven Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, the deputy speaker of Tibetan Parliament in Exile (TPiE), Mr Karma Yeshi, MP, Ven Mokru Tenpa, MP, Gyari Butuk, MP, and Mr Kalsang Gyaltsen, MP.

A parliamentary delegation led by Speaker Penpa Tsering also visited Taiwan earlier this year to create awareness about the critical situation inside Tibet and garner international support to resolve the issue of Tibet.

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