CHAIRMAN’S NOTE March – April 2019

10TH March 2019: It is very heartening to know that we in New Zealand, and around the world, are still very strong in support of Tibet after 60 years of Chinese occupation of Tibet. Our members rallied around the country to observe that day, as you will see from the photographs on the following pages. Thank you to all our supporters for your dedication.

Prime Minister’s visit to China: As most of you know, Prime Minister Hon. Jacinda Ardern made a quick visit to China to meet Chinese president and chairman. I wrote to her beforehand, requesting her, if the opportunity arose, to bring up the topic of the New Zealand government’s continuous support of dialogue between Tibetan and Chinese representatives to find a peaceful solution for Tibet. It has been reported that she discussed human rights with President Xi. We hope that she mentioned the word Tibet.

Chinese Belt and Road Initiative Forum: We understand that Trade Minister Hon. David Parker is due to represent New Zealand at the Belt and Road Initiative Forum in Beijing from 26-27th April. I have written to him also, requesting him not to attend in order to prevent China’s effort to have global control. As we know, China did this in Tibet. Firstly, the Chinese came into Tibet, building roads and so on “To help modernise Tibet”, then eventually occupied Tibet 10 years later in 1959. We do not want this to happen to the rest of the world. I hope that Mr Parker will take note of all the points that I mentioned in my letter to him.

His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima: His Holiness the Panchen Lama will turn 30 on 25th April. No one has seen him since he was abducted by China when he was 6 years old. Requests by other governments’ representatives as to his whereabouts have been met with silence by China. Tibetans around the world have gathered together in a special event to mark his birthday,

15th March 2019: It was, as the Prime Minister said “A black day for New Zealand” It was with great horror that I learned about it not from NZ but from Bhutan, that an act of terrorism has occurred here. It was unbelievable that such an act has taken place in this beautiful and peaceful country of ours. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has sent a letter of condolence to the people of New Zealand through the Prime Minister. It was a lovely heartfelt letter by His Holiness. Our heartfelt sympathy goes with the families in Christchurch. “May their souls find a rebirth soon”

Best wishes and Tashi Delek

Thuten Kesang
National Chairman