Dharamshala:- The Sikyong of Tibet, Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay attended the Halifax International security forum on November 21 in Halifax, Canada.
The forum which is held in Halifax invites people harbouring democratic values from various backgrounds including military, government, business, academia and media. The forum aims to provide opportunity for leaders to learn from each other, share opinions, generate new ideas and put them into action.
According to Central Tibetan Adminsitration (CTA), the Sikyong of Tibet participated in a panel discussion. During the discussion Dr Lobsang Sangay said: “The recent protest in Hong Kong is an indication that democracy is touching the shores of China. Protest in Hong Kong is a test for the Chinese government and the people of Hong Kong.
“The One Country, Two Systems of Hong Kong has its genesis in the 17-Point Agreement that the People’s Republic of China signed with Tibet under duress on May 23, 1951?.
When asked questions regarding Tibetan issue, he said: “despite China’s repressive policy inside Tibet, the commitments of third generation Tibetans both inside and outside for Tibetan struggle and preservation of Tibetan culture, religion and language are very strong.
“They all are born and brought up under the present Chinese regime, but their sense of patriotism is stronger than ever before.”
Other panelists include Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones, Chairman, Cyber Security Advisory Panel to the Bank of England and Dr. Masashi Nishihara, President, Research Institute for Peace and Security. The discussion was moderated by Mr. Stephen Puddicombe, a Journalist, CBC Television.
The forum draws 300 speakers and analysts from 60 different countries.
According to CTA, the Sikyong will travel to Montreal and Ottawa on November 24.