(TibetanReview.net, Sep04, 2017) – The President of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) at Dharamshala, India, Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, has on Sep 1 called on US Congressman Alan Lowenthal and attended a luncheon with him and a number of other prominent local figures in Los Angeles.
The Democratic Congressman told the Sikyong about his having witnessed active ‘Chinafication’ in Tibet and reiterated US support for the CTA’s Middle Way Approach for resolving the issue of Tibet, said the CTA on its Tibet.net website Sep 3. The Middle Way Approach calls for autonomy, not independence, for an undivided Tibet under Chinese rule.
The Congressman was also stated to have assured his support for the appointment of the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues at the State Department as mandated by the Tibet Policy Act of 2002.
The luncheon was hosted by the Tibetan Association of Southern California and those who attended it, apart from the Sikyong and Congressman Lowenthal, included Congresswoman Judy Chu, Mayor of Westminster City Council Tri Ta, Mayor of Garden Grove City Council Steve Jones, Council woman of Garden Grove Thu Ha Nguyen, Former Mayor of Garden Grove Bao Nguyen, Field representative of Congressman Lou Correa Christy Le.
Congressman Lowenthal was a member of the high-level US Congressional delegation to Tibet and China led by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Nov 2015.
Also, Congresswoman Chu spoke about her experience of visiting Nepal and Dharamshala with Pelosi in May this year while expressing solidarity with the Tibetan people in Nepal, said the Tibet.net statement.
Later in the evening Mayor Tri Ta, Council Member Kimberly Ho, City Manager Eddie Manfro, Chief of Police Ralph G Ornelas and other staffers hosted the Sikyong at a reception in the City Hall of Westminster.