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CTA President addresses Tibetan community in Toronto

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President Dr Lobsang Sangay addressing Tibetan community at the Tibetan Canadian Culture Center in Toronto, 18 November 2018. Photo/Sikyong Office

By  Shyamal Sinha

President Dr Lobsang Sangay addressing Tibetan community at the Tibetan Canadian Culture Center in Toronto, 18 November 2018. Photo/Sikyong Office

President Dr Lobsang Sangay, Central Tibetan Administration was warmly welcomed by members of Tibetan community at the Tibetan Canadian Culture Center in Toronto. President was accompanied by Representative Ngodup Tsering, Office of Tibet, Washington DC.

The Tibetan Canadian Culture Center was jampacked with Tibetans and supporters.

Informing about his 12 cities and 26-day tour advocating for Tibet, Dr. Sangay felt that his efforts are bringing tangible results – Many leaders are boldly hosting him besides tremendous pressure from China; and for the first time, the White House and the State Department have allowed publishing of news of their officials meeting with the President. Moreover, he has been participating and speaking at the Halifax Security Forum for the last many years to raise Tibet related issues and now, the world leaders are beginning to talk more about China in the Forum.

He said that when China is trying to extend their influence in the world by Belt and Road Initiative, China2025 Plan, developing Artificial Intelligence and acquiring of intellectual property, Tibetan should ever be united in its fight and refrain from infighting, baseless and unnecessary criticism among ourselves.

Advising the public to be socially responsible in sharing information via social media, he said, “75 per cent of what is shared and read in social media is useless. We should be aware of such facts and act responsibly.”

“25 percent in the social media are Chinese agents deliberately spreading misinformation and rumours to create frictions in the Tibetan community. Another 25per cent are professional critics and they have nothing but criticisms no matter what CTA does. You wonder where do they get time and energy to be always present and always critical in the social media. Another 25 percent are ignorants who are uninformed.

“Final 25 percent are socially responsible critics. Even when they write there is respect and substance in their views. Therefore 75 per cent of what is shared and read in social media is useless.”

Dr. Sangay cautioned the Tibetans that providing information about citizens of your country to other country is a crime referring to the Tibetan man in Sweden who was charged with espionage in April 2018. He added that the authorities are well aware of such act and such individual could be caught anytime.

Representative Ngodup Tsering in his address, lauded the arrangements done for the program by the Canadian Tibetan Association of Ontario and thanked the executive members for their effort. He expressed his happiness over grant announcement of $5.4 million education funding from Canada to Central Tibetan Administration which has realized under the leadership of Sikyong Lobsang Sangay. He also reminded the audience of the importance of education and Teaching Tibetan language to Tibetan Children.

This is the second leg of the President’s Canada tour. He will speak at the University of Toronttomorrowow on Party-less and Global-A Case of Tibetan Democracy in Exile.

-Filed by Office of Tibet, DC

President Dr Lobsang Sangay addressing Tibetan community at the Tibetan Canadian Culture Center in Toronto, 18 November 2018. Photo/Sikyong Office

 

President Dr Sangay inspecting the community project along with the local Tibetan community leaders. Photo/Sikyong Office

 

Representative Ngodup Tsering, Office of Tibet, Washington DC addressing Tibetan community at the Tibetan Canadian Culture Center in Toronto, 18 November 2018. Photo/Sikyong Office

 

Young Tibetans presenting traditional Tibetan performances at reception for President Dr Sangay at the Tibetan Canadian Culture Center in Toronto, 18 November 2018. Photo/Sikyong Office

 

Tibetans in Toronto accord a traditional welcome for President Sangay. Photo/Sikyong Office

 

President Sangay greeted by Tibetans at the Toronto airport. Photo/Sikyong Office