February 15, 2017
London: The Office of Tibet London organised a weeklong official visit of Dhardon Sharling, Secretary of Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) from February 4-12, 2017 to United Kingdom. The weeklong engagements aimed to strengthen academic discourse, advocacy for and political engagement on the Tibet issue in light of the changing international political climate and shifting positions of governments on China.
Secretary Dhardon was invited by the Borderline Conferences to be one of the speakers for the conference ‘Religion, Nationalism and Identity’ held at the University of Cambridge. Dhardon spoke on the topic ‘Diaspora Identity: the Notions of Belonging in, and Longing for, a Homeland,’ along with distinguished speakers such as Sir Jeremy Greenstock, former UK Ambassador to the UN and UK Special Envoy for Iraq and Karen Armstrong OBE Historian of Religion among others.
The University of Westminster hosted a talk by Dhardon on the topic – ‘Resolving the Tibet Question: The Strategic Relevance and Importance of the Middle Way Approach.’ Prof Dibyesh Anand, Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster, moderated the discussion.
Secretary Dhardon held a meeting with members of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet and lobbied UK government officials and members of the UK Parliament – Tim Loughton, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet; Catherine West, Labour Party, Shadow Foreign Minister; Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Marion Fellows, Scottish National Party.
The visit featured interactions with journalists specialising in Asia from leading global news organisations and discussions with China experts from key London based think tanks and academic institutions.
Secretary Dhardon also held detailed discussions with representatives of UK based Tibet Support Groups. The visit concluded with an interaction with the council and members of the Tibetan Community in Britain on CTA’s future priorities and role of Tibetans in diaspora in strengthening CTA’s 5/50 vision.
-Report filed by Office of Tibet, London-