As Beijing commenced the golden jubilee celebrations of the founding of the 'Tibet Autonomous Region' on Tuesday in Lhasa, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) in Dharamsala, also called the government-in-exile, maintained that Tibet was not a part of China but the "Middle Way Approach" remains a viable solution to the half-a-century-old issue.
The reaction of the CTA's Information and International Relations Department has come in response to the Chinese white paper that preceded the two-day meeting of the 6th Tibet Work Forum held in Beijing on August 24-25 and attended by top Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leaders, officials of the military and the government.
The CTA's response to the Chinese white paper challenges Beijing's claims that the legitimacy of the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet rests on the Chinese Communist Party's recognition and approval.
"We have, in our response, provided comprehensive explanation with regard to communist China's scheme to pick the reincarnation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and its claims of not only territorial sovereignty but also of its sovereignty over the soul of the Tibetan people," said Lobsang Sangay, Tibetan PM-in-exile, addressing a press conference here.
If communist China goes ahead with its plan to pick the reincarnation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Sangay said, there would be an international pushback and it will not only come from the Tibetan people but from millions of Buddhists, who traditionally share Tibet's spiritual heritage.
"The pushback will come from the millions in the rest of the world who have benefitted from the teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama," he added.
Sangay, however, said the CTA's response argued that there was a way to resolve the issue. "Till now, China has repeatedly rejected the Middle Way Approach (MWA). Wiser Chinese leaders should look into the Tibetan proposal of not seeking independence, but autonomy for all the Tibetan people under a single administration," said Sangay.
He maintained that the Chinese leadership will find in the proposal a solution that respects Tibet's distinct cultural and ethnic identity and which preserves the territorial integrity, unity and stability of the People's Republic of China.