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  • 15 Jan, 2024
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Leaders Extend Congratulations to President-elect Lai Ching-te of Taiwan


In the aftermath of Taiwan's recent presidential elections, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan leadership expressed warm congratulations to President Lai Ching-te. His Holiness commended Taiwan's commitment to democracy, and Tibetan leaders emphasized the shared values of freedom and self-determination.

His Holiness the Great 14th Dalai Lama praised the exercise of democracy in Taiwan, citing it as a source of encouragement for those aspiring to live in freedom and dignity.

"I admire the strong devotion Taiwanese Buddhists have to the Buddha dharma," wrote His Holiness, underscoring the flourishing democracy, economic achievements, and preservation of traditional culture in Taiwan. Stressing the importance of good relations between Taiwan and China, he advocated for dialogue as the key to resolving complex issues.

Sikyong Penpa Tsering of the Central Tibetan Administration joined in extending congratulations, lauding Taiwan's commitment to democracy and freedom. He acknowledged President-elect Lai Ching-te's statement on the people determining Taiwan's future, resonating deeply with the Tibetan people's aspirations for self-determination and freedom.

Highlighting historical and spiritual ties between Taiwan and Tibet, Sikyong emphasized shared values and people-to-people connections. The message celebrated Taiwan's role in promoting democratic values under the visionary leadership of Her Excellency Tsai Ing-wen.

Deputy Speaker Dolma Tsering Teykhang, on behalf of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, congratulated President-elect Lai Ching-te and the Democratic People’s Party. Recognizing Taiwan's consistent promotion of democratic values, she emphasized the shared commitment to democracy and collaboration between Tibet and Taiwan.

"In exile, democracy is the gift of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the people of Tibet," said Deputy Speaker Teykhang, expressing hope for strengthened ties through enhanced people-to-people connections. The message concluded with best wishes for a successful tenure in fulfilling the aspirations of the Taiwanese people.

As President-elect Lai Ching-te prepares to assume office, the messages from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Tibetan leadership underscore the solidarity between Tibetans and the people of Taiwan in their shared pursuit of democratic principles and self-determination.


Edited and collated by Team TRC