Tibetan prime minister-in-exile, Lobsang Sangay, said on Sunday that the Tibetan spirit and their quest for freedom could not be crushed by China's military might.
Echoing the supreme Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, Sangay said that use of force to crush the Tibetan movement for the last 60 years has completely failed. The idea of revolutionary communist leader Mao Zedong's idea that 'power flows from the barrel of the gun' was "outdated", Sangay asserted.
"If China seeks to become a global power, rights of the Tibetans must be respected. China must also respect the aspiration of its own people and release all political prisoners, including Nobel peace prize winner and author of Charter 08, Liu Xiaobo," said Sangay at a function organised to mark the 52ndanniversary of 'Tibetan Democracy Day'.
Sangay reiterated Kashag's firm commitment to the 'middle-way' policy and a dialogue to ensure peaceful resolution of the Tibet issue.
"For Dharamsala and Beijing, this is a win-win proposition. To continue the dialogue process, the Tibetan task force on negotiations will meet in December 2012 after the new Chinese leadership assumes office," said Sangay.
The Tibetan PM also appreciated the work of Chinese writers and analysts, who had expressed support for the middle way policy.
"Since the 2008 protests in Tibet, they have published thousands of articles that urge the Chinese communist leadership to resolve the Tibetan issue through dialogue. Many Chinese writers and intellectuals point to the Chinese government and its policies as the cause of self-immolations and growing resentment of the Tibetan people," said Sangay.
Speaking on the occasion, Tibetan parliament-in-exile speaker Penpa Tsering called upon the Chinese government not to ignore the issue of Tibet as it was gaining ever-greater urgency internationally.
"We urge them to show serious sense of responsibility on the situation in Tibet and review all policies adopted on the issue thus far. We would like to remind them of the urgency to make efforts to hold peaceful negotiations so as to find a way to accommodate and fulfill in a meaningful manner the genuine aspirations of the Tibetan people," Tsering said.