The second issue of Liaowang Xizang, ICT’s Chinese language journal on Tibet, is devoted to the controversial 17-Point Agreement between Tibet and China.
The 17-Point Agreement between China and Tibet was signed by Tibetan representatives under duress in May 1951 and detailed the future relationship between Tibet and China.
“Although the Chinese Government has failed to abide by the Agreement and the Dalai Lama has repudiated it for this reason, we feel that the issue merits a debate in terms of the Tibet-China relationship,” said Rinchen Tashi, editor of Liaowang Xizang.
“There are people who feel the principles underlying the 17-Point Agreement are the basis for the ‘One Country Two Systems’ framework that China has adopted on Hong Kong and Macao,” Tashi added.
This issue of Liaowang Xizang carries an analytical piece entitled “Is the 17-Point Agreement Still Valid?” as well as a commentary by a Chinese journalist in “The 17-Point Agreement and the Dalai Lama’s Hope.”
In addition, the issue also continues with serializing the book, “Toward Freedom — An Official From PLA of China Joins the Tibetan Resistant Movement,” by Tsering Wanchuk, a story of the Chinese officer known to Tibetans as Lobsang Tashi. There is also an excerpt from Lin Zhaozhen’s “The Last Dalai Lama,” introducing the Tibetan Government-in-exile.
The next issue of Liaowang Xizang will be published in September and will be devoted to the issue of democracy and Tibet.
“September 2nd is celebrated by Tibetans in the free world as Tibetan Democracy Day and we thought this would be a good time to discuss democracy and the Tibetan people,” said Tashi.
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