The top political leader of Tibet's government in exile says there is an urgent threat of "cultural genocide" in Tibet, and the international community must stand up to China ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Penpa Tsering, who was this month elected president of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), said in an interview Friday that they are committed to a peaceful resolution with China, but that Beijing's current policies threaten the future of Tibetan culture.

"Time is running out," said Tsering, speaking from Dharamshala in India. "Once it is eliminated, it doesn't make sense to fight for anything," he said.