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[17 June 2013] This morning, on behalf of International Tibet Network, Philippa Carrick, CEO of Tibet Society, Nyima, representing Students for a Free Tibet UK, and Tim Loughton MP and member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, delivered a short report A New Global Approach: Unite for Tibet  to 10 Downing Street, along with a 10,000 strong petition calling on G8 leaders at their Northern Ireland summit to lead the way on a new diplomatic initiative on Tibet.

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Press Release
From International Tibet Network, Tibet Society & Students for a Free Tibet UK


Unite for Tibet: Activists urge G8 leaders to lead the way at Northern Ireland summit
Report exposes Chinas hollow threats and calls for multilateral action on Tibet

G8 delivery to Downing Street[LONDON 17 June 2013] This morning, on behalf of International Tibet Network, Philippa Carrick, CEO of Tibet Society, Nyima, representing Students for a Free Tibet UK, and Tim Loughton MP and member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, delivered a short report A New Global Approach: Unite for Tibet [1] to 10 Downing Street, along with a 10,000 strong petition calling on G8 leaders at their Northern Ireland summit to lead the way on a new diplomatic initiative on Tibet.

With Tibetans increasingly demonstrating their resistance to Chinas rule through protests, cultural resistance and the drastic act of self-immolation, the need for Governments to stand together in addressing the crisis in Tibet is ever more urgent. Almost 120 Tibetans have self-immolated in Tibet, the latest, an unidentified Tibetan Buddhist nun in eastern Tibet, occurred on 11 June 2013.

Commenting on the current situation, Tim Loughton, MP, said, For over 60 years Tibetans have been deprived of their freedom and increasingly are being deprived of their culture, human rights and liberties supposedly guaranteed to them under the Chinese constitution. China must not be allowed to use her financial muscle and burgeoning economic clout internationally to intimidate peace loving countries from raising the plight of the peace loving Tibetan people. It is time to stand up against the abuse going on within Chinas own borders.

The new report, by International Tibet Network and its member organisations [2], clearly illustrates the abject failure of the current policy to address Chinas occupation of Tibet through bilateral approaches. It questions why Governments bow to Chinas blatant bullying tactics whenever Governments and leaders decide to meet Tibets spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, and challenges the widely held view that angering China over Tibet will lead to onerous economic and diplomatic penalties, contending that most of Chinas punitive reactions are more hot air than genuinely damaging in the long-term.

For many years we have been urging Governments to unite for Tibet, and stand together against Chinas bullying, said Lhadon Tethong of the Tibet Action Institute. With the crackdown in Tibet intensifying still further, the Tibetan people urgently need a show of diplomatic strength from G8 in the form of a multilateral initiative that will impress upon China the legitimate international concerns about Tibet.

The report demonstrates Governments that have angered China over Tibet have, nonetheless, seen their exports to China at the very least hold up if not increase in the aftermath [3]. Tibet campaigners argue that high level bilateral visits ultimately deliver only a small proportion of the trade deals trumpeted in the press, and express the view that proactive concessions to China rarely buy much in the way of long-term goodwill.

China needs the world as much as the world needs China
added Tenzin Jigme of International Tibet Network. Despite - or even because of - the global economic situation, G8 leaders need to show China that the bullying of its members and other nations, especially less influential ones, is unacceptable.

Earlier this year there was a much publicised diplomatic spat that had China demanding an apology from David Cameron nearly a year after he displeased Beijing by meeting the Dalai Lama in London. To Chinas annoyance and Tibet campaigners delight, Cameron held firm and the publicity prompted a spate of articles by journalists and academics that came out in support of a unified common position on issues such as Tibet [4].

David Cameron has recently been on the receiving end of Chinas intense and public bullying so he knows more than anyone the importance of defending core values and democratic principles, commented Philippa Carrick of Tibet Society. As host of this G8 summit, we urge him to stand by his Governments averred commitment to seeking a solution for Tibet and initiate a robust response that has the potential to bring about genuine progress on the 60-year occupation of Tibet, whilst safeguarding G8 members diplomatic relationships with China."

Images of the delivery to Downing Street are available here.

Notes:
1. Read the report: A New Global Approach: Unite for Tibet - G8 Lead the Way at issuu.com/internationaltibetnetwork/docs/ new_global_approach_unite__for_tibe

2. The International Tibet Network is a global coalition of more than 180 Tibet Groups, www.tibetnetwork.org. The report was co-authored by:
- Australia Tibet Council, atc.org.au
- US Tibet Committee, www.ustibetcommittee.org,
- Students for a Free Tibet, www.studentsforafreetibet.org
- Tibetan Womens Association, tibetanwomen.org

3. For example, in 2012, UK exports to China rose 7.5% according to China Daily, despite the fact that David Cameron met the Dalai Lama in May of that year. Even Norway, not a G8 nation but incurring Chinas wrath through its Nobel Peace prize award in 2010 to Chinese dissident and Tibet supporter Liu Xiaobo, saw a 14% rise in exports to China during 2011.

4. See for example Does upsetting China matter? Kerry Brown, CNN, 14 May 2013 globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/14/does-upsetting-china-matter/ and The Tibetan Test, Edward Lucas, European Voice, 16 May 2013
(subscription requierd) www.europeanvoice.com/article/imported/the-tibetan-test/77253.aspx


The "Unite for Tibet" Petition

The G8 petition, "Unite for Tibet", has been organised by International Tibet Network, a global coalition of Tibet groups, of which Tibet Society is a member.

Sign the petition at:
standupfortibet.org/take-action-world-leaders/

G8 petition logoThe G8 (Group of 8) is made up of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the USA and the UK. The EU is also represented.

The leaders to whom the petition is directed are: Prime Minister David Cameron (UK), President Barack Obama (USA), President Franois Hollande (France), Chancellor Angela Merkel (Germany), Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Canada), Prime Minister Enrico Letta (Italy), President Herman van Rompuy (EU), Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Japan) and President Vladimir Putin (Russia).

Text of the petition:

To: G8 Leaders
Subject: Don't be Bullied by China

I join with thousands of others in expressing my concern over China's recent attempts to punish Governments for showing support for Tibet.

Most recently we have seen China unleash its bullying on the British Government, after Prime Minister Cameron held a meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. I strongly commend Prime Minister Cameron for refusing to bow to China's pressure and I urge all G8 leaders to join him and stand firm on Tibet.

Beijing cannot be allowed to be successful in exerting unacceptable pressure on Governments; it will not only set a dangerous precedent, but likely intensify China's pressure for greater concessions. This will not further healthy and constructive engagement between our Governments and the Chinese leadership, nor will it do anything to progress human and civil rights in China or address Chinas actions in Tibet, where more than a hundred Tibetans have lit their own bodies on fire for freedom and human rights.

The Chinese Government's punitive reaction to Prime Minister Cameron's meeting with the Dalai Lama presents an important opportunity for world leaders to coordinate a united position on Tibet, and demonstrate that fundamental freedoms and core democratic values must be upheld. I urge you to take such a step at the upcoming G8 meeting in June.

Now is the time to prioritize the development of a more robust policy on Tibet that engages with other concerned Governments to collectively address the Tibet crisis. By speaking and acting in unison, you will not only increase your influence over China, but this common approach will provide participating Governments with a greater measure of protection from Beijing's bullying.

Sincerely,

[Your name]

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