Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)

Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)
Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Dalai Lama’s Dream Dashed Out/Dalai Lama-II

"We have made clear to the Chinese Government, and publicly, the we do not support Tibetan independence. Like every other EU member state, and the United States, we regard Tibet as part of the People's Republic of China," stated by the United Kingdom foreign office website on October 29th, the days before the meeting taking place between Dalai Lama and the Chinese government. Dalai Lama’s “genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people” might not be achieved anytime soon as reflected by meetings his representatives Lodi Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen had with Du Qinglin, the head of the United Front Work Department of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee on November 6th in Beijing. This is the 9th round of negotiations between envoys of the Dalai Lama and the central government. Mr. Du states that China will never tolerate any attempts at “Tibet independence” or semi-independence” or “independence in any disguised form.” “Tibet independence is out question,” he said. Instead, Mr. Du urged the Dalai Lama to honor the promises he made during the July negations. According to the Chinese media (Xinhua News) Dalai Lama’s envoys accepted the central government’s requests in July:

a. Not supporting plots aimed at inciting violent criminal activities;

b. Not backing terrorist activities of the secessionist “Tibetan Youth Congress,” and instead taking concrete steps to check them;

c. And not supporting statements or actions seeking “Tibet independence” to split the region from the country.

Now, the entire Tibetan movement is at a crossroads. Dalai Lama needs his wisdom to overcome a number of difficult issues when a special meeting in Dharamsala, India, to be held during November 17th-22nd. Will he give up his idea -- "genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people?" Will he directly talk to the central government? Will he make any concessions?? In the final analysis, time for the 73-year old Dalai Lama is running out.
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