(TibetanReview.net, Aug26, 2017) – Supporters of Tibet’s independence as well as of Eastern Turkestan (Chinese: Xinjiang), Southern Mongolia and Taiwan, besides Chinese Democracy activists, have resolved to work together to further their causes at the end of the Fourth International Rangzen Conference which was held in Paris over Aug 21-23. The conference, organized by private individuals as on previous occasions, brought together more than 100 participants from India, the United States, and Europe.
The participants – who were mainly Tibetans but also included Uyghurs, Mongols, and Taiwanese also rejected Chinese authority in a declaration adopted at the end of the conference.
Although the Tibetan administration in exile rejects the cause of independence and instead seeks autonomy under Chinese rule, the conference saw opportunity for future convergence on the issues and called for the continuity of the struggle for Rangzen, or independence, with the aim to achieve it eventually as a common goal.
Referring to the current ongoing border standoff between India and China at Doklam, the conference declared that the conflict resulted from China’s colonization of Tibet; that China had no legitimacy in the conflict which, however, will not be resolved without the restoration of Tibet’s independence.
As reported before, the participants in the conference included five members of the Tibetan parliament in Exile who all spoke on different topics.