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Nations of High Asia Declare Independence in US Congress

Tuesday, Sep 19, 2006
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Map of Independent Tibet, East Turkestan and Inner Mongolia.

On 19 September 2006, the Declaration of Independence of the Nations of High Asia: Tibet, East Turkistan and Inner Mongolia was read out in a conference room at the Capitol Building of the US Congress in Washington D.C.

The occasion was a two-day conference of the Asian Freedom Coalition attended by Temtsiltu Shobtsood, Chairman, Inner Mongolian People’s Party; Sonam Wangdu, Chairman, US Tibet Committee; Wei Jingsheng, Chairman, Overseas Chinese Democracy Foundation; Dr. Wen-Yen Chen, Executive Director, Formosa Association for Public Affairs; Jamyang Norbu, spokesperson, Rangzen Alliance; Alim Seytoff, General Secretary, Uyghur American Association; Huang Ciping, Secretary-General, Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition; Ye Ning, Chairman, Free China Movement Foundation; Dr. Quan Q. Nguyen, Chairman, International Committee For Freedom and Human Rights in Vietnam, and a number of other delegates. Member of the US Congress, Congressional staffers and media representatives attended the conference in its concluding session on the afternoon of the 19th.

Dolkun Isa, Secretary General, World Uyghur Congress, who flew into Washington DC, from Germany was unable to attend the conference. It is believed that because of his courageous struggle for Uyghur independence, Beijing had pressured the US government to view him as undesirable. Nevertheless the conference successfully took place and after two days of deliberation the delegates unanimously agreed to form the Asian Democracy Alliance, to promote freedom, democracy and human right in Asian nations presently under repressive and non-democratic rule.

The conference was addressed by Congressman Frank Wolf who spoke at length on the problems faced by Mongolia, East Turkistan and Tibet. He spoke of his visit to Tibet and how Chinese immigration was threatening the very existence of the Tibetan people. The Congressman said it was good that all the various groups were now working together. He said the Tibetans had kept up a unified front but others should forgo ego and internal differences to work together to defeat the common enemy, Communist China, which he said he was confident would fall in the next few years.

The declaration of independence was signed by the representatives of Inner Mongolia, Tibet and East Turkistan, and was also signed by the Taiwan representative since the declaration made a major reference to the threat that independent and democratic Taiwan was facing from China. All other delegates, including the Chinese, unanimously supported the declaration and the aspirations of the people of these nations for freedom and independence.

After the conference the various leaders and delegates spoke to the media. Leading Chinese dissident, and “Father of Chinese Democracy”, Wei Jingsheng, said that the Declaration of Independence was timely and important now since Beijing had clearly demonstrated by its hard-line rejection of the Dalai Lama’s call for dialogue that it was not open to any compromise solution to the Tibet issue, or even a genuine discussion on the matter.

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