Good news for Tibet? (2)
Reuters reports that, according to Tibet’s government-in-exile, envoys of the Dalai Lama arrived in China a few hours ago
for secretive talks on allowing more autonomy for the Buddhist region[…]. It was the fifth round of talks since contacts between China and the Dalai Lama’s representatives resumed in 2002.
From Dharamsala, the Indian hill station where the Dalai Lama is based, spokesman for the government-in-exile Thubten Samphel said by telephone that Dalai Lama’s “ultimate hope” is
“to resolve the issue of Tibet on the basis of negotiated settlement with the Chinese leadership so that Tibet people will have the freedom to preserve what is important to us, which is our cultural identity."
Reuters also reports that
analysts say China is committed to the dialogue in part because it fears that if the Dalai Lama, who is now 70, dies in exile, it could create a rallying point for Tibetans unhappy with Chinese rule and leave a destabilizing leadership vacuum.
That could also strengthen support among Tibetans for full independence, especially among youth frustrated with the Dalai Lama’s "middle way" approach that advocates autonomy for Tibet as a part of China.