A webinar with leading China-Tibet experts, former minister and human rights advocates, hosted by the Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities.
Exactly 72 years ago, Mao Tsetung declared the illegal invasion of Tibet and the Republic of East Turkistan. Mao called the illegal invasion of Tibet a ‘peaceful liberation’. That so-called ‘peaceful liberation’ has cost millions of lives of Tibetan and Uyghur people amongst others.
The Chinese government is hosting a week-long celebration of what it calls the “Golden Week” as 1st October marks the 72nd founding anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.
For the Tibetan and the Uyghur victims under the Chinese regime’s military occupation and repressive policy, there is nothing to celebrate so long as China continues to illegally occupy Tibet and East Turkistan.
For the people of Hong Kong, there is nothing to celebrate so long as Beijing disregards the UK-China Joint Declaration and the basic rights are not restored in Hong Kong.
For the people of Taiwan, there is nothing to celebrate when their democratic nation faces the imminent threat of military invasion from the Chinese regime.
There is nothing to celebrate so long as the Southern Mongolians cannot maintain their own language and Buddhist culture.
Certainly, there is nothing to celebrate so long as the Falun Gong, as well as other religious and faith communities, cannot practice their devotions. And the list goes on including the lack of political freedom, democracy and freedom of speech.
Since Xi Jinping came to power in 2012, his regime has made no secret of its global expansionist ambition. China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects have now become debt traps for developing countries.
The political instability caused by Beijing, after its claims over the international waters in the South China Sea, is the tipping point of serious concern that pushed the AUKUS nuclear submarine deal to counter China. China’s flexing of its military muscle in the Himalayan borders through territorial claims against India, Bhutan and Nepal is yet another dangerous game that could spark a major war between the two Asian giants.
So, to discuss whether China poses a real threat to global peace and security, the GATPM has invited a panel of experts to share their thoughts on these vital issues.
- Professor. Dibyesh Anand, Head of School – Social Sciences, University of Westminster
- Kasur Lobsang Nyandak, Former Minister for the Central Tibetan Administration (Tibetan Government-in-exile)
- Steven Schaerer, Author & Human Rights Advocate
- Tsering Passang, Founder and Convener, GATPM