Friday, December 31, 2010
The End of the Talk/Dalai Lama-IV
According to CCTV the Chinese government (by Du Qinglin) finished talking with the Dalai Lama’s private representatives (by Ladi Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen) without any meaningful result for both sides. They (Dalai Lama’s private representatives) “have no legal status to discuss with us the affairs about Tibet Autonomous Region … They are only the Dalai Lama’s private representatives, so they can only talk about the prospect of the Dalai Lama, at most, the prospects of a small party around him (Xinhua News 2 February 2010).” Until the last round talk with Dai Lama, Beijing has used a name of “the representatives of Dalai Lama group,” but the Chinese government changed the title in this round talk as “private representatives.” The Dalai Lama’s side can only talk about “personal issue of Dalai Lama” or “small group of Dalai Lama.” “We do hope that in the remainder of his life, he can think well about his own future. We don’t want him to end up in foreign soil (Japan Times 3 February 2010),” stated by Zhou Weiqun, executive deputy head of the CCP United Front Work Department. The tone from Beijing is clear – waiting for Dalai Lama’s death-bed. Dalai Lama is 75 years old; Beijing might allow him to die in Tibet. However, Dalai Lama has no chance to change Beijing’s mind to grant him a “greater autonomy and be governed as a single region” at all.