Chicago: The recent visit of Chinese
President Hu Jintao to Chicago has left local Tibetans and
their supporters angry.
Over 10,000 people had protested in a rally on January
20 outside the Chicago Hilton, where the Chinese president was
During Hu`s visit to the city, US companies signed
several deals with their Chinese counterparts.
"Almost 99 per cent of the protestors were students -
Chinese, Korean, Tibetan and Americans. There were some
Indians," said Tsultim Ngabtak, founder of Buddhist View
International and a member of Tibetan Alliance of Chicago.
"China has been trying to give business to build
relations with the US. We want to send the message that
business is not the main thing... Americans have value for
freedom so they should not sell freedom for business," Lobsang
Wangdak, President of the Tibetan Alliance of Chicago said.
"They are trying to ignore human rights situation in
Tibet, just trying to get business out of China," he said.
"American people and the government of America value
freedom too much and give importance to all kinds of freedoms
like freedom of religion etc," Wangdak said.
Wangdak said no one is talking about Chinese human
rights activist and Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo`s release from
Although President Obama has urged Jintao to talk with
the Dalai Lama on the Tibetan issue and Congresswoman Nancy
Pelosi has raised the issue of release of Xiaobo, the Chinese
president is still sidetracking the issue and has put Tibet on
the back burner.
"They should raise human rights issue and problems
occurring in Tibet, Mongolia and Uighyur," Wandak said.