October 23, 2014
On October 17, 2014, the International Campaign for Tibet and Beijing Spring magazine jointly organized a roundtable discussion on the Middle Way and dialogue on Tibet in Washington DC at the office of the International Campaign for Tibet. Moderated by Hu Ping and Yu Dahai of Beijing Spring magazine, a number of Chinese scholars and writers, including Su Xiaokang, Chen Kuide, Xia Yeliang, and Qin Weiping attended the session. Others, including Yang Jianchi and Yu Jie, were not able to attend and sent their written remarks. The four hour long session was conducted in Chinese language and discussions took place on many aspects, including culture, social and political system, interpretation and implementation of Middle Way. A summary of some of the comments raised in the discussion are included below. Full video and written remarks will be made available on Beijing Spring magazine and Liaowang Xizang website for online viewing in the coming days.
“Tibet, Xinjiang, Taiwan, and Hong Kong are recognized as the ‘four special regions.’ The Chinese government uses the policy of ‘One Country Two Systems’ for Hong Kong today. This policy was originally derived from the policy being used for Tibet in the early 1950s. The problem is that the Communist Government of China does not keep its promises. According to current situation in Hong Kong, Tibet and Xinjiang’s today will be Hong Kong’s tomorrow, and Hong Kong’s today will be Taiwan’s tomorrow. The conditions [in China] for Middle Way to solve Tibet issue are not there yet however, the Middle Way will be accepted easily by the masses if they only they know the truth.”