Thiley Lama the newly appointed co-ordinator for Tibetans in Nepal denied making a controversial statement on the ‘One-China policy’ that the Nepali government stringently follows.
“I was wrongly quoted as saying that Dharamshala recognises the ‘One-China policy’”, Lama told phayul.com. “All I said was that the Kashag has time and again issued appeals to Tibetans in Nepal not to take part in anti-China protests”.
An independent news agency had on Friday quoted Lama as saying that ‘Dharamshala has recognised the One China policy that acknowledges Tibet.
The ‘One-China policy’ as proclaimed by the People’s Republic of China asserts that there is one ‘China’ and that mainland China, Tibet, Hong Kong, Macau, Xinjiang and Taiwan are all part of that China.
Thubten Samphel, spokesperson for the Dharamshala based Central Tibetan Administration told phayul.com that ‘we can speak only for ourselves’.
“As far as Tibetans are concerned, the ‘One-China Policy’ translates into the will of the Tibetans to remain within the constitution of China. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has acknowledged on earlier occasions that the people of Taiwan are responsible for making their own decisions”, Samphel said.
Thinlay Lama’s appointment comes after the recent changes to the Tibetan Charter that devolved the constitutional authority earlier vested with His Holiness to appoint high-ranking officials to the Kashag.