Chinese Tibetologist Delegation’s Visit a Complete Success

  Professor Hao Shiyuan, Director of the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology Study at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences led a 5-member Tibetologist delegation on a visit to Ottawa between March 27 and March 29, 2009. During the visit, the delegation met with officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, held discussions with scholars and Chinese specialists from the University of Ottawa, Carleton University and Canada-China Friendship Association as well as representatives from the Chinese community. The delegation also held a press conference and answered questions from the media. Minister Counselor Yang Youming and Minister Counselor Zhang Weidong respectively attended above-mentioned events. 


  The delegation indicated that the purpose of their visit was to have extensive and in-depth exchange with the local academia, media and the political circles on the question of Tibet so as to present the world with a true Tibet and a true China. The delegation briefed on the socioeconomic development of Tibet and how the policy of ethnic regional autonomy is being implemented in Tibet. They expounded on the specific measures taken by the Central Government aimed at protecting and promoting religious freedom, protecting the ecological environment and protecting and inheriting traditional culture in Tibet. With bountiful facts and figures, the delegation refuted the various fallacies by the Dalai Lama. On the questions and perplexities held by some of the local people, the members of the delegation offered convincing replies with their personal and family experience as well as field studies.


  Canadians who attended the events said that the in-depth exchanges with the delegation deeply enhanced their understanding on the question of Tibet and the question of the Dalai Lama, and were helpful for them to remove some past misgivings and misunderstandings.