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Dharamshala: Chinese-Tibetan Friendship Associations, based in Australia Satuarday (9th October) day praised the Tibetan people and His Holiness for their outspoken approval of Liu Xiaobo's recent awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize.

"On behalf of the China-Tibet Friendship Association and Federation for a Democratic China in Australia, I would like to extend our heart-felt gratitude to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people for their support to Mr Liu Xiaobo on winning the Nobel Peace Prize. We call on Tibetans to join us in the celebration," Mr Yu Shi Xin, president of the Chinese-Tibetan Friendship Association in Melbourne, said in his letter to the Office of Tibet in Australia. He concluded the letter commenting "The award, which reflects the international community's support for truth, has deeply moved us and our aspirations will certainly come true,"

On October 9th, around 50 Chinese people, including, democratic activists, intellectuals, and experts met for a gathering to celebrate Liu Xiaobo's award. "We consider that support from His Holiness the Dalai Lama played a substantial role in awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo. We thank His Holiness for his support," said Mr Qin Jin, President of Federation for a Democratic China, who co-organized the celebratory get-together.

Since Liu's award many countries have come out in strong support for his release including America, Australia and Italy