Dharamshala — Speaking briefly to reporters on the sidelines of the Tibet Museum's reopening, the political leader of Tibet, Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, touched on the White Paper published recently by China's State Council Information Office regarding Tibet.
Sikyong reasoned that the latest White Paper was a sign of the Chinese government's nervousness over its grip on the occupied Tibet, and it was another blatant attempt by the Chinese government to mislead the world about the real situation inside Tibet.
"Since the early 1990s, China has issued 13 white papers on Tibet. This means Beijing has issued a white paper on Tibet for almost each of the two years within this intervening period," Sikyong said.
"China has issued two white papers on Xinjiang, one on Hong Kong and none on Inner Mongolia so far. The fact that China has published not one, not two, but 13 White Papers on Tibet, is a testament to the fact that the information provided, principally by the Central Tibetan Administration, as well as by other leading international Tibet support groups, are the ones considered factual and authentic by the world," he said.
"White papers by nature are authoritative guides on complex issues that need to be resolved or commercially as sales and marketing documents. For the Chinese government to issue 13 white papers on Tibet means that it is having great difficulty in convincing potential customers to buy its arguments on Tibet. These white papers are a dozen too many, too unconvincing and too late to arrest the worsening conditions in Tibet," Sikyong reasoned.
Sikyong further explained that while China overpowers Tibet in manpower and economic means, Tibetans have an advantage. "Our wholehearted efforts to create awareness on the Tibet issue has been much more significant as we have truth on our side," Sikyong asserted.
The CTA has issued a press release earlier, in response to the White Paper, urging the Chinese government to open up Tibet to both international rights groups and media instead of issuing White Papers on Tibet. "Let the international media do an objective report on the issue of Tibet and let the world be the judge," the CTA has said.