Minneapolis, MN: - The Tibetan National Congress (TNC), an independent Tibetan political party, launched a Twitter campaign to highlight the regional security implications of China's occupation of Tibet, as U.S. President Barack Obama prepares to visit India.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that President Obama will be joining his monthly "Mann ki Baat" radio address on Tuesday, January 27. Modi said he was "eagerly looking forward" to the event, and invited people to submit questions via Twitter using the hashtag #AskObamaModi.
In response, TNC launched a social media campaign to tweet the following question to the two world leaders: "China's occupation of #Tibet is a regional security threat. How can we resolve it to secure peace? #AskObamaModi"
Tibet supporters from around the world have been re-tweeting this question, making it one of the leading tweets yesterday.
"TNC is strongly encouraged by the deepening ties between India and the United States," said TNC's President Jigme Ugen. "From the perspective of regional security, it is critical that India and the U.S. enhance their cooperation to address the destabilizing situation in Tibet. Our Twitter campaign seeks to place this issue on their agenda, as well as in the larger public discourse."
Ugen explained, "The Chinese occupation of Tibet is the root cause of major security threats to the entire region: the constant danger of Sino-Indian border conflict, trans-boundary water disputes over rivers originating in Tibet, China's interference in Nepal's internal affairs, and undeclared martial law in Tibet due to the ongoing self-immolation crisis. It is only through Tibetan self-rule that these problems can be resolved."
"India and the U.S. share a national interest in resolving the destabilizing Tibet issue, to say nothing of also promoting their values of human rights and democracy," said Ugen. "It is a natural partnership that these two great democracies -- India and the U.S. -- promote their security and their values, by jointly promoting Tibetan self-rule."