The crisis in Tibet continues today even as China pursues its most aggressive development schemes in the nation's history. Lobsang Wangyal reported for the Tibet Sun on Sept. 18, 2013, "Penpa Tsering urges Chinese leaders to understand reality in Tibet." Speaker Penpa Tsering opened its sixth session of the 15th Parliament by addressing the critical situation in Tibet.
Members of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile have been mourning for Tibetans who have laid down their lives for the Tibetan cause. It is said 120 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in protest against the Chinese rule and greater than 100 of them have died. Tsering says massive developmental projects initiated by the Chinese government are designed only to benefit the Chinese government. Tsering believes these projects have not resolved the causes of the sufferings of the Tibetan people.
It is also Tsering's feeling the projects have been destroying Tibetan identity and their traditional way of life, while also destroying the environment. He has gone on to insist these projects are doing nothing to improve the lives of the Tibetan people or to help them fulfill their aspirations. Tsering has commented, “I would like to urge the Chinese leaders to understand the reality in Tibet.”