Tibetan PM-elect vows to boost dialogue with China

Sangay said he would strive to push forward talks with the Chinese civil society and government.

Dharamshala: The newly elected Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile, Lobsang Sangay, said on Sunday that he would continue to reach out to Chinese people and government and facilitate the bilateral dialogue process in order to resolve the long-standing row based on ``mutual interests.``

Sangay, who is scheduled to formally take oath as the Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile on Monday, said he would strive to push forward talks with the Chinese civil society as well as the government during his tenure.

"I have 16 years of record of reaching out to Chinese students and scholars at Harvard University and I want to continue that same practice of dialogue and will reach out to Chinese people within and in the Diaspora so that we can resolve the issue peacefully, based on mutual interests," he added.

Sangay had earlier claimed the Tibetan government-in-exile was willing to negotiate with Beijing ``anytime, anywhere,`` indicating that his leadership of the independence movement would not be radically different from that of the Dalai Lama.

Reiterating his earlier stand, he maintained that his administration would continue to follow the ``Middle Way`` policy in the negotiations with China, as adopted by the Dalai Lama.

"I do support the Middle Way policy and the Tibetan parliament has passed a resolution on that. This is the view of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama and majority of Tibetans support that. I stood my election based on this and I won the election based on the Middle Way policy. So, for the next five years, the Middle Way will be the policy of this administration," said Sangay.

A law scholar from Harvard University, Sangay was elected the new ``Kalon Tripa`` or the Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile on April 27, replacing the incumbent Samdhong Rinpoche.

Many Tibetans have termed his swearing in as ``a turning point`` in the movement for sovereignty, which has been spearheaded by the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, since decades.


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