We knew we had done something right when we heard last week that China had sent their own Tibet puppet delegation to North America, to counter our Tibet Lobby Day from earlier last month.
Jampa Phuntsok, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the People’s Congress of the Tibet Autonomous Region, essentially China’s head Tibetan marionette, along with his delegation toured Ottawa, Calgary, and Vancouver last week. The visit was kept hush-hush, with the Chinese consulates representatives not answering our questions when we phoned them to ask for details of their visit.
What we did find out was that in Ottawa, the delegation met with Speaker of the House Peter Milliken, as well as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Morris Rosenberg. Xinhua, China’s state-run news, reported that in Ottawa, Jampa Phuntsok and the delegation “called on all Canadians to get a clear understanding of the clique led by the Dalai Lama. He said the Dalai Lama is not a pure religious believer, but a political leader in exile plotting to split China, and urged Canadians to condemn his activities”: http://english.cri.cn/6909/2011/03/22/1781s627805.htm
We contacted the individual offices of Speaker Milliken and Deputy Minister Morris Rosenberg last week, but have yet to hear a response.
In Calgary, they held a symposium at Calgary’s Chinese Cultural Centre, highlighting “the achievements and goals of Tibetan Automous Region’s development”, with about 50 Chinese-Canadians in attendance: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/photo/2011-03/23/c_13794700.htm
As disgusted as we are at the Chinese government’s attempts at a propaganda tour in Canada, and no less in the Canadian Parliament, we also feel like we’ve hit a nerve with China. If a relatively small group of young Tibetans and Tibet supporters can impact the Chinese government that much, it just shows how nervous they are and how weak their system really is. All of this also means that we made China’s occupation of Tibet that much costlier, another benchmark in our work to free Tibet!