CCP delegates visit Belgium to discourage support for the Dalai Lama

18th December 2019

CCP delegates tried to dissuade support for the Dalai Lama and other exiled Tibetans in an official visit to Belgium last week. 

 

These delegates came from the region labelled as the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). They were led by Norbu Dondrup, Executive Vice Chairman of the TAR.

They met with Andre Flahaut, Vice President of the Chamber of Representatives of Belgium and Els Van Hoof, Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee

The purpose of the visit was to insist that the Belgian government followed the CCP’s line on Tibet. According to Xinhua, a Chinese state-run press agency, the  delegates “urged the Belgian side not to allow  leaders of the Dalai group to visit Belgium, nor to provide any support for or facilitate the Dalai group's anti-China separatist activities, and to work with China to maintain a healthy and stable development of China-Belgium relations”

The delegates also reportedly told Belgian officials that “Tibet's various sectors are continuing to thrive, and people of all ethnic groups live and work in peace and contentment.'' This is despite the human rights abuses and environmental degradation happening in Tibet by Chinese authorities. 

The CCP are known to organise regular international visits in order to spread a pro-Beijing message to dispute the popularity of the Dalai Lama and the campaigning by pro-Tibet groups. These visits may include pro-Beijing ethnic Tibetans to exemplify this message.