Event: ‘Tibetan democracy-in-exile and the future of Sino-Tibetan relations’



TIME: 13:00-14:00, Tuesday 1st November 2016

VENUE: Committee Room 14, House of Commons, Houses of Parliament, London, SW1A 0AA

SPEAKER: Dr Lobsang Sangay, Sikyong (political leader) of the Tibetan government-in-exile

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In recent years China has tightened its grip on Tibet, encouraging migration therein by Han Chinese, and turning the capital, Lhasa, into a virtual police-state. The incidence of self-immolation, a form of protest which is a proxy for discontent, has risen since unrest in 2008 failed to effect positive change. But it wasn’t ever thus. Lying on the edge of the historically ungovernable part of South-East Asia – the uplands termed Zomia by historian William van Schendel – China has at times felt like a remote power: Tibet’s de facto independence between the collapse of the Qing dynasty in 1912 and the Chinese invasion of 1950 insulated the area from the turmoil associated with the rise and fall of the Kuomintang. But now, as China’s influence grows, understanding Tibet has never been more important – as the source of the Yangtze, Yellow and Mekong rivers, its geopolitical importance is hard to overstate.

By kind invitation of Fabian Hamilton MP, the Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, the democratically elected political leader of the Tibetan people. As he begins his second five year term in office at the helm of Tibetan political affairs, he will contrast the successes of Tibetan democracy-in-exile with the grim situation inside Tibet, and will attempt to provide a road-map for the future of Sino-Tibetan relations.

If you require further information, please email rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org

Dr Lobsang Sangay was born and grew up in a Tibetan settlement near Darjeeling. At Harvard Law School, where he was the first Tibetan to receive a S.J.D. degree, his dissertation, Democracy in Distress: Is Exile Polity a Remedy? A Case Study of Tibet’s Government-in-exile was awarded the Yong K. Kim’ 95 Prize. In 2005, he was appointed as a research fellow at Harvard. In 2011, he was elected to the post of Sikyong, the democratically elected leader of the Tibetan people and political successor to His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet, in an unprecedented competitive democratic election in the Tibetan Diaspora. In 2016, Dr Sangay was re-elected as the Sikyong for a second term.


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