In a significant departure from their usual stance, Tibetan exiles residing in India have opted not to stage protests during the upcoming G20 Summit in Delhi. The primary reason behind this decision is the absence of Chinese President Xi Jinping from the event. A Tibetan delegate, Dawa Tsering, who serves as a member of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile, elucidated their rationale.
“We had intentions to take action during the G20 meeting if Xi Jinping graced the summit with his presence. However, we’ve received confirmation that he will not be attending,” Tsering disclosed.
This restrained approach comes in light of the Tibetan community’s concerns regarding Xi Jinping’s leadership and policies. Tsering asserted that since assuming power, Xi has consistently provoked the Indian government and its citizens. His actions, such as suppressing Tibetan culture and education, have drawn sharp criticism.
“He (Xi) is torturing the Tibetan people and he did not allow small children to study their own language. If my son wants to become a monk, he does not allow it. It is a cultural genocide. He is worse than Mao Zedong,” Tsering expressed.
The decision not to protest against the presence of any Chinese representative at the summit underscores the Tibetans’ strategy. They clarified that their protests were contingent on Xi Jinping’s attendance, and with his absence, their focus now shifts to urging the Indian government and South Asian countries to take a strong stance against China’s expansionist policies.
Furthermore, Tsering advocated for a boycott of Chinese goods, emphasizing that India possesses ample alternatives from various countries. He encouraged individuals to initiate this movement, emphasizing its grassroots nature, rather than relying solely on government intervention.
Addressing the Dalai Lama’s recent statement regarding Tibetan autonomy within China, Tsering emphasized the paramount importance of preserving Tibetan culture and identity. While no nation currently recognizes Tibet as independent, Tibetans seek autonomy within the framework of the Chinese constitution to safeguard their heritage.
As the G20 Summit approaches, these deliberations on Tibet, China, and international relations continue to shape regional dynamics.