On 26 January, Ma Zhaoxu, a spokesman of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stated that "we hope that the Dalai Lama will cherish the opportunity and respond positively to the requests of the Chinese Central Government". However, the Mr Zhaoxu also pointed out that "China's policy towards the Dalai Lama is consistent and clear cut", meaning that the Dalai Lama should publicly state Tibet is an inalienable part of China, in the same way that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China, and issues related to Tibet are China's internal affairs which foreign countries should not interfere with.
Taipei: Mr Freddy Lim is a Taiwanese rock star from Chthonic, a Taiwanese black metal band that received the award for “Best International Artist” at the Tibetan Music Awards on 10 October in Dharamshala, India. Chthonic expressed their political views at the Free Tibet concert held in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei on 11 July of this year, commemorating the 1959 uprising in Tibet. At this concert, Chthonic, along with several other well-known performers and thousands of attendees, celebrated freedom, democracy and human rights. Ms Keary Huan, Taipei correspondent for the Tibet Post International, recently asked Mr. Lim to share his view on the current situation in Tibet and his upcoming events for the Tibetan cause.