Dalai Lama: (not) throwing in the Towel

On Oct. 27th, the Dalai Lama announced to his followers that he no longer believed successful progress in discussions with China on autonomy for his homeland were possible – that’s what time.com reports, and the BBC’s message was much the same last night. Yesterday, the Dalai Lama’s official website posted clarifications. They refer to remarks made on October 25 rather than 27, but seem to refer to what is still in the news:

“Since the Chinese Government has accused His Holiness of orchestrating these protests in Tibet, he called for a thorough investigation to examine these allegations, even offering access to Central Tibetan Administration files and records here in India. So far, this offer has not been taken up, but the situation in Tibet becomes graver by the day. Therefore, His Holiness said that it is difficult for him to continue to shoulder such a heavy responsibility when the present Chinese leadership does not seem to appreciate simple truth, reason and common sense. In the absence of any positive reciprocal response from the Chinese leadership, His Holiness feels that if he cannot help find a solution, he would rather not hinder it in any way. His Holiness feels he cannot afford to pretend that his persistent efforts to find a mutually satisfactory solution to the Tibetan problem are bearing fruit.”

Will this jackal treasure the opportunity?

Will this jackal treasure the opportunity?

According to Xinhua today, Chinese authorities are to arrange fresh talks with envoys of the Dalai Lama “in the near future” at the request of the Dalai Lama side, and the government hoped the Dalai Lama’s delegation would “treasure this opportunity and make a positive response to the requirements set forth by the central authorities”.

Maybe the Chinese Communist Party should cherish the time that the Dalai Lama will still be around – the Tibetan Youth Congress is somewhat younger than Tibet’s spiritual leader. The TYC wouldn’t free Tibet at all, but it could cause Beijing a lot of trouble. The Dalai Lama statements of October 25 or 28 are “requests”?

One of the silliest common Chinese accusation against some foreign media is that they are condescending. But look at the kind of note Beijing is trying to strike when addressing the Dalai Lama. Power negotiation would be one thing. But to talk to a globally respected leader just like a cop would talk to an offender caught in the act is another. The “cop” approach is silly, and foreign coverage could  hardly make the Chinese leadership look as stupid as its communiques right there from Xinhua do.

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BBC Profile (May 20): The Dalai Lama »

Daily Telegraph (March 18): Controversial Middle Way »

3 Comments to “Dalai Lama: (not) throwing in the Towel”

  1. Old Albert allegedly said that “there are only two things infinite: The universe, and human stupidity; and I am not sure about the universe…”

    Then again, someone told me once (referring to China) that “there is a system in the madness”. Maybe so. We may think how much the CCP could do for Tibet AND for themselves by handling the issues in a sane way.

    YET, apparently, they believe that if they give a proverbial inch ONCE, they are done for, finished! Since I must assume they cannot all be stupid, it follows that they are right!

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  2. P.S. And long live the “jackal”.

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  3. May he live long enough to get real opportunities to improve Tibet’s situation. So far, I don’t see any.

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