Then, Beijing does not respect Tibetan culture. ... This point should
lobbied on, it is very obvious and rational issue.
Official works are conducted in Chinese, why? Beijing Constitution
emphasises to use local languages in minority areas and prefectures.
Development issue is very difficult to define in Tibet. For instance,
broad roads, several concrete buildings and big housing projects do not
help uplift the standard of living of common local people. If the project
enhances livelihood of common local people, it is development for me.
majority of local people do not own a car nor have resources to buy a
property, only a few rich businessmen and privileged government employees
could do it. They account for 10% maximum of the population. The present
so-called Western Development Project is to destroy environment, uproot
ethnic Tibetan culture and smoke out mineral resources of Tibet.
Wish you all success in your new endeavour. "
Gedun Rinchen, October 2002
imprisoned in Tibet in 1996
now living in exile