President of the French Senate Tibet Support Group, Jacqueline Eustache-Brino, agreed that the Tibetan struggle is significantly more deeply established, complex, and historically resilient than other challenges confronting China, and that France should lead the EU on the subject of Tibet.
On Tuesday, Jacqueline met with Tashi Phuntsok, a representative of the Bureau du Tibet in Brussels, and expressed her belief that as the diaspora Tibetan communities in the West grow in size, there is a need to develop and support them. She assured that the group would work on all of the issues raised by Phuntsok in his speech.
Senators Annick Billon, Bernard Fournier, Olivier Rietmann, Loic Herve, and Andre Gattolin joined Eustache-Brino during the meeting.Given that France has assumed the EU Presidency, Phuntsok believes that France should lead the EU in promoting European culture and protecting democracy, as stated in President Macron's goals. Chinese encroachment on key areas in Europe is substantial and aggressive, putting the EU's very fabric in jeopardy.
According to a statement on the Central Tibetan Administration's (CTA) website, Phuntsok demanded that Tibet concerns be prominently discussed at EU-China yearly summits and in China's human rights talks.