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Zhaga, a Tibetan-born scholar, visited the Seventh-day Adventist Church World Headquarters on January 6 to discuss religious liberty and the treatment of religious minorities. Mr. Zhaga is a researcher at the Chica Tibetan Studies Research Center in the People’s Republic of China and is visiting the U.S. to examine approaches to religious freedom and the separation of church and state.

Mr. Zhaga (center) with Dr Bert B. Beach (left) and Dr. John Graz
“We were delighted to meet Mr. Zhaga and discuss matters of mutual concern,” said Dr. John Graz, General Secretary of the International Religious Liberty Association and director of the Church’s Religious Liberty department.

“My visit is intended to gain a better understanding of American views about minorities, religion and human rights in the national and international contexts,” said Zhaga. He also intends to meet with U.S. Tibetologists and to study collections of Tibetan documents. His visit is conducted under the auspices of the International Visitors Program of the U.S. Information Agency and coordinated by Delphi International. [Jonathan Gallagher]