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On January 19th the Council was fortunate to host H.E. Zhou Wenzhong, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China. The Ambassador expressed his optimism about current US-China relations and noted that both nations have much in common but should respect and accommodate each others’ core interests. Ambassador Zhou took a number of questions from the audience on a range of topics, including the issue of Google’s potential withdrawal from China, US perceptions of the People’s Republic and the importance of student exchanges.

To listen to the entire program with Ambassador Zhou, visit our online audio archive. To read about China’s recent warning to the US on account of President Obama’s scheduled meeting with the Dalai Lama, visit The New York Times.

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Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary 0f the 1959 Tibetan demonstrations against China’s presence in Tibet – protests that sent the 14th Dalai Lama and thousands of others into exile in India.  In remarks made yesterday, the Dalai Lama harshly denounced the Chinese Communist Party  – saying that “through a series of repressive and violent campaigns” they have “thrust Tibetans into such depths of suffering and hardship that they literally experienced hell on earth,” as quoted by a NY Times article today.

Here at the Council last night, we heard from Tenzin N. Tethong,  a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and former Chairman of the Tibetan Cabinet in Dharamsala. Update: He highlighted the geopolitical implications of China’s invasion of Tibet, and cited these as further reason why Tibet should be granted greater autonomy – not only for the sake of the Tibetan people and the preservation of Tibetan culture but to enhance Tibet’s ability to act as a buffer between China and India once again.  Although talks between the Tibetan and Chinese governments remain at a standstill, Tenzin imparted a real sense of hope among Tibetans for the future.  Their “human spirit is very strong,” he said, and they will not give up.

The program will be available soon in our audio/video archive, and you can read more about Tibet’s recent past in a Human Rights Watch report released yesterday.

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