Archive for November 17th, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

Exiles Conference ponders Tibet’s Options

There is no pre-determined outcome, and the meeting of Tibetan Exiles from al over the globe in Dharamsala is scheduled to take six days.

The Dalai Lama has apparently put his cards on the table for a general review. That’s not to say that he is throwing in the towel. But he apparently believes that continuing an intermittent process of negotiating with Beijing without involving a broader base of Tibetans would leave his country unprepared after his death.

The Taipei Times of yesterday / today quotes a variety of voices from several Tibetan organizations, and a New York Times correspondent believes that the Dalai Lama’s admission that the negotiations with Beijing have failed, possibly combined with a decision of the British government to drop its recognition for Tibet’s suzerainty relationship with China, has strengthened the hand of younger Tibetans who have long agitated for a more radical approach and who have demanded independence.

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