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Dalai Lama envoy asks China to suggest way forward: Report

Dalai Lama envoy asks China to suggest way forward: Report
Phayul[Thursday, April 09, 2009 12:44]

A supporter of Tibet stands with a portrait of Dalai Lama during a demonstration in St.Petersburg in this May 3,Dharamsala, April 9: China must suggest ways to break a deadlock in talks on Tibet or the Dalai Lama's representatives will assume Beijing is not interested in a negotiated solution, Reuters reported an envoy of the exiled Tibetan leader as saying on Wednesday.

The last round of talks between China and envoys of the Dalai Lama failed in November when Beijing rejected their calls for "high-level autonomy" for Tibet.

Premier Wen Jiabao said last month that China was open to more talks as long as the Dalai Lama renounced what Beijing describes as separatism.

Kelsang Gyaltsen, the Dalai Lama's representative to Europe, said the Tibetan side had already put their proposals on the table at the last meeting in the form of a memorandum that Beijing rejected.

"If there is any seriousness and political will on the part of the Chinese government, the ball is now in their court," the report quoted Kelsang Gyaltsen, who took part in the negotiations with China, as telling reporters during a visit to London.

"They have now either to come up with their own suggestions for a way forward or we have to assume that the Chinese government is not interested in ... finding a mutually acceptable solution through dialogue with the Tibetans," he said.

However, he reportedly said the Dalai Lama's envoys had not yet reached this conclusion. "The time (since November) is too short. Let's see," he said.

He also urged European governments to take a common position on Tibet that was "clear and strong".

Gyaltsen said China's increasing influence in the world made the Tibet issue more, rather than less, important.

"It's important to the Chinese government what the outside world thinks about China. So ... today's members of the international community have more leverage to influence ... the Chinese leadership than 20 years back," he said.

Because of Tibet's potential for social instability, foreign governments interested in China's peaceful development also had an interest in the Tibet issue being solved, he said.

Peaceful protests by Buddhist monks against Chinese rule in March last year escalated into massive anti-China unrest across Tibet. Tibetan exiles say more than 200 people died in the crackdown. The unrest is described by many as the largest uprising since the Tibetan National Uprising of 1959 which was brutally crushed down by Chinese military force.

China sent military troops to occupy Tibet in late 1949 and the Dalai Lama fled the mountainous region in 1959 after the failed uprising against Chinese rule.

Meeting in Dharamsala, India, last November, Tibetan exiles reaffirmed their commitment to the Dalai Lama's "Middle Way" approach that seeks “real and meaningful” autonomy within the constitutional framework of PRC instead of outright independence for Tibet.

The Dalai Lama recently said China lacks sincerity in the talks. The 73 year old Tibetan leader said he was losing his trust in the Chinese government but maintained that his faith in the Chinese people remains unshaken.


jadefrank's picture

Tibetan flag now available

Hi Yangdol,

I wanted to let you know that there is now a Tibetan flag available to include on your profile. When you joined PulseWire, this flag was not available, but we have added it to the list of country options as we feel that it is important for the people of Tibet to feel comfortable in our community and that they are supported and represented here.

If you are interested in changing the flag attached to your profile, please follow these simple steps:

1. Go to "My Voice" located in upper right corner of the PulseWire homepage
2. Click on the "Edit Account" tab
3. Click on the "Edit Profile" sub-tab
4. Below the "Country" category, highlight Tibet
5. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click the "Submit" button

Please let me know if you experience any difficulties and need assistance.

Warm regards,

yangdol's picture

tibetan flag

Dear Jade

Thank you so much for the mail and also adding tibetan nationa flag to show my real identity. it feels really great. thanks alot.
So hope you are doing good. Have you ever visit Dharamsala?



JaniceW's picture

Dalai Lama

Yangdol, I have been reading about the controversy surrounding the current Dalai Lama's successor, and the anticipated battle over a leader being chosen by the traditional process versus a successor chosen by the Chinese authorities. I was wondering what your perspective is on this situation as it seems that most Tibetans would oppose any leader chosen by the Chinese, in spite of the law that states all reincarnations of senior lamas must be approved by the government.

For anyone interested in this issue, you can rad more about it in the New York Times at:

yangdol's picture

dalai lama's successor

Dear Janice

I am sorry for my late reply. i was busy for the past few weeks. Well, there has been many views and controversies over the His Holiness the Dalai lama's successor. Many tibetans are worried about it and definately Tibetan won't accept anyone chosen by the chinese. The Chinese has pased a law that says all future incarnations of living Buddhas related to Tibetan Buddhism "must get government approval." This is really awful and rediculous. We have history, tradition and custom of choosing the reincarnation which we have been following for centuries. So the chinese law on Lama reincarnation is agaist the faith of Tibetan people.

The Chinese Government has always sought to govern Tibetan Buddhism, which forms the basis of Tibetan way of life.

Gedun Choekyi Nyima was named the reincarnation of the previous Panchen Lama by Tibetan's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama on May 14, 1995 was kidnapped and we still do not know his well being and his whereabout.

As for me, i believe the reincarnation of HHDL will come in a free country as he has said once in an interview i guess. So,if he comes back to us in a free country then, they will be less tension. But at the same time, we never know what the chinese government will do.

tashi delek


This story, that appeared in today's New York Times, reports on exiled Tibetan Monks living in Dharamsala, India, and offers a window into the aftermath of the Tibetan uprising that swept through western China in the spring of 2008.

It also reveals how difficult it is for Tibetan Monks to live their lives of worship and how the Chinese authorities continue to employ heavy-handed methods to control religious practice.

Yangdol, I hope you will continue to report on the plight of the Tibetan people and the denial of their basic human rights under the hands of the Chinese. With best wishes,

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