To coincide with this year’s 72nd founding anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, the Global Alliance for Tibet and Persecuted Minorities (GATPM) organised a webinar with a panel of distinguished China-Tibet experts, former minister and human rights advocates. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) also marks 100th anniversary of its founding this year.
Since Xi Jinping came to power in 2012, his regime 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 Hambantota port in Sri Lanka is a typical example. This port located in the Indian Ocean is of great strategic interest to China. As Sri Lanka could not repay its debt, Beijing secured a 99-year lease of the port. There are indications that Beijing might deploy its military installations in this strategic location.
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 (Australia, UK and US) 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.
To discuss whether China poses a real threat to global peace and security, the GATPM invited a panel of experts to share their thoughts on these vital issues. The panel concluded that China does pose a real threat. Please watch the video in full.
Professor Dibyesh Anand is an Associate Professor at London’s Westminster University, an expert on majority-minority relations in China and India, and the author of Geopolitical Exotica: Tibet in Western Imagination.
Professor Anand has written extensively in international journals and papers. He has also given lectures in universities and think tanks around the world. He is a well recognised in the Tibet circle.
Kasur Lobsang Nyandak is a former Minister for the Central Tibetan Administration (aka Tibetan Government-in-exile) from 2001 to 2006.
He served as the Dalai Lama’s Representative to North America based at The Office of Tibet in New York. He was also an elected Tibetan MP in the Tibetan Parliament in Exile from 1996 to 2001.
A Leader of the Tibetan Youth Congress, Lobsang Nyandak founded and served as the Executive Director of Tibetan Centre for Human Rights in Democracy.
Currently, he is the President of The Tibet Fund, a New York-based NGO that raises funds and supports the Tibetan community primarily in India and Nepal through education, healthcare and community development projects.
Steven Schaerer survived communist Chinese incarceration, torture, and deportation.
Steven is a proud first generation American from California’s Bay Area, and is the proud bi-racial son of immigrant parents from Switzerland and Mexico.
He was the first person in his family to attend university earning a degree in chemistry from Sonoma State University in Northern California. In addition to English, Steven also speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and successfully co-founded a business in Beijing in his mid-20’s.
Steven is a staunch advocate for and defender of freedom, liberty, the Constitution, free-market capitalism, Human Rights and the American way of life.