Tibetan cause remembered at Parliament

The Tibetan flags being waved on Parliament’s lawn may have alerted passers by to the presence inside of high level Chinese delegation.  The delegation was visiting to “update” MPs on ‘economic and social developments in Tibet.”

I was happy to attend the official luncheon and be ‘updated’ by Mr Quingba Puncog, a Tibetan who is the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Autonomous Regional Peaople’s Congress of Tibet.

He was an affable man with a postive presentation. When Rick Barker MP mentioned that we had just moved to simultaneous Maori to English translation in the NZ Parliament, Mr Quingba explained that this already occurred in the Tibetan People’s Congress. He was less optimistic about the outcome of recent talks in Beijing  between the Chinese government and representatives of the Dalai Lama.

At least Mr Quingba didn’t attack the Dalai Lama as a separatist, but he did claim that the autonomous Tibetan region proposed by the Dalai Lama was too large – a quarter of the territory of China. I asked him about the two young Panchen Lamas. They are Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, selected by the Dalai Lama in 1995, and the Chinese government’s substitute, selected shortly after. For 14 years the original selection, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, has been kept out of sight by the Chinese government, but Mr Quingba assured us he is doing well and enjoying college. Which begs the question that if he is doing so well, why is he still being hidden?

Mr Quingba didn’t consider the snow lion Tibetan flags which he had seen on his arrival at Parliament to be appropriate for Tibet. He claimed they were ‘military flags’, dating from the 1940s. He is entitled to his opinion, but plenty of Tibetans think otherwise, and I was proud to pose next to a snow lion flag on my way into the Parliamentary reception.

For a different view on the situation in Tibet see –  http://www.hrw.org/node/89085

6 Comments Posted

  1. actually I’m kinda sure he’s supporting the dalai lama considering if you look at the press and even the simple wording of this blog – though I believe he is a total independence in Tibet believer I think , he could answer though if he ends up looking at the post again.

  2. I don’t think Keith is supporting policies as such but the right for Tibetans to be self-governing.

  3. umm… so you are supporting a totalitarian exiled dictator who doesn’t believe in homosexual rights (though then again in NZ we don’t especially in the Cook Islands…refer male laws there…) so not supporting several members of our govt just in the way they conduct their lives…, Sexual expression within a normal Heterosexual Relationship or Abortion rights within a Sexist office (weren’t you attacking Her Majesty’s position recently for that) – these don’t sound like Kiwi Values either – of course he is not a Kiwi (the office never could be…). He has recently recently stated a referendum is required if they want him back…though also stating he thinks he is the last Dalai Lama despite the particular school of Buddhist thought following that there is no way he can possibly no that since the ability to reincarnate doesn’t lie with him or indeed any person – effectively saying that he wants his followers only to meditate under his guidance – sounds a bit cultist… 😉

    or, are you supporting the potentially Noble cause of allowing Tibet to become properly autonomous to the extent it has control over it’s domestic affairs resulting in said individual to return…unless what happened in Nepal spreads up there (like it did 60 odd years ago) , seems a little hypocritical to support the Nepalese Communist Revolution but not the Communist Autonomous territory of Tibet (the TAR)

    Sorry if the post seems a bit attacky or Trolly (I’m not my other posts show I think ) 🙂 and if it is I do apologise for that! but It’s just I find it so hypocritical of a member of the Green party to support policies that only found in parties such as Destiny or FFparty and I have to wonder how you can distinguish between the two Mr Keith Locke MP

    I agree wholly with the idea that Tibet should share the same Autonomy that Macau and HK share of course but full independence could cripple the country (and China won’t be helping for sure)

    That’s all 😀 again sorry if it seemed too assaulting but It’d be nice to hear your thoughts on those points..

  4. Unfortunately as far as Tibet is concerned the horse has bolted. The Tibetans should just welcome the Chinese, after all why should they assume their culture is any better?
    [same link as usual :wink:]

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