Month: January 2017

China objects to Tibetan PM’s presence at US Ambassador’s dinner

Dharamshala — Following a dinner hosted by outgoing US Ambassador Richard Verma at which Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay was among the guests, China has voiced objections of “interference” in Chinese affairs, and claimed that they are “against any contact” by governments with Tibetans in exile. The dinner hosted by Verma on January 15th in honor of Hollywood actor and personal friend Richard Gere, was also attended by the Prime Minister, Dr Lobsang Sangay. The photo of the dinner shared by Indian Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on January 26th, showed PM Sangay among those sitting around the high profile dinner...

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Gibraltar’s New Official Representative in the U.S.

The Gibraltar Government has recently appointed David Liston as its official representative in the United States. He replaces Joe Carseni who retired from the post with effect from the end of last year. Mr Liston is currently the leader of the Gibraltar-America Council, an organisation which, in his words, ‘fosters positive relations between Gibraltar and the United States, celebrates the unique heritage and character of Gibraltar and her people and supports Gibraltar’s inalienable right to selfdetermination.’ Members of the Council include prominent current and former diplomats, military, academic, government and business leaders. It also includes members of well-known American...

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Tibetan government to highlight the the human rights violations in Tibet at UN

Geneva — Officials said the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) is undertaking a major effort to strengthen human rights advocacy for Tibet at the United Nations, particularly in the lead up to the 34th UN Human Rights Council beginning next month. A three-member delegation from the Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) of the CTA consisting of Secretary Sonam Norbu Dagpo, Secretary Dhardon Sharling and UN and Human Rights officer Kalden Tsomo along with Tulku Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s niece Nyima Lhamo, is currently in Geneva for a weeklong advocacy program at the UN missions based in Geneva. According to...

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Falklands confident in continued access to EU markets post Brexit

BRITAIN’S intention to leave the single market as outlined in Prime  Minister Theresa May’s Brexit speech on Tuesday has generated some concerns for the Falkland Islands Government, but a Member of the Legislative Assembly indicated this week they are still confident all will be well for the Islands under post-2019 arrangements. MLA Michael Poole told Penguin News they believed “mutual self interest would win out and market access would continue.” Among other key points on Tuesday Mrs May stated • a commitment for the UK to leave the EU’s single market, and that MPs and peers will get a...

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Taiwan thanks African ally for rejecting diplomatic advances from Beijing

Burkina Faso’s foreign minister quoted in interview as saying nation offered huge sums to switch allegiance to mainland China Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry thanked its West African ally Burkina Faso on Thursday for turning down mainland China’s “outrageous proposals” to switch allegiance. Ministry spokeswoman Eleanor Wang told a press conference that the Taiwanese government welcomed and appreciated Burkina Faso Foreign Minister Alpha Barry’s affirmation of strong ties between his country and Taiwan. Barry revealed in an interview this month in the capital, Ouagadougou, that Beijing had offered “outrageous proposals” to lure his country into its fold. “We get outrageous proposals...

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