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31 March, 2008

China asks the Dalai Lama for help

Found in a report today on The Hindu website titled "China asks Dalai Lama to use his influence' to stop Tibet violence"...

Facing mounting international flak for the crackdown on Lhasa, China on Monday gave first signs of softening its stand by asking the Dalai Lama to use his "influence" to stop violence in Tibet and said the "channels" for dialogue with him are "always open."

"The channels for dialogue between the Chinese government and Dalai Lama are always open," Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao [wiki] said during a visit to Laos, as the Olympic flame arrived here today under tight security arrangements to thwart Tibetan protests.

"As long as Dalai Lama abandons the claim for 'Tibet independence,' especially uses his influence to stop the violence in Tibet, and recognise both Tibet and Taiwan as inseparable parts of China, the Chinese government is to continue resuming dialogues with him," Wen was quoted as saying by the state-run Xinhua news agency.

Wen's comments is seen as an apparent softening of China's stand on the 72-year-old exiled Tibetan spiritual leader. The Chinese premier's statement also comes after the US and other western powers intensified pressure on Beijing to talk to the Dalai Lama on the vexed Tibet issue.

• Read the entire article at The Hindu web site.
• Related: "Wen: Door to talks with Dalai Lama open" (China Daily web site)
• Related: "Wen: Channels for dialogue with Daila Lama always open" (China View web site)
• "Talk To The Dalai Lama" photo from the "Stand up for Tibet" rally in central Sydney March 31, 2008, Flickred from Avaazorg.

1 comment:

dirtypeijingair said...

If China is serious about speaking to the Dalai Lama, why don't they just send him a message or pick up the phone? All this political jockeying for position is insincere--one minute China says it will speak to him, the next it calls him a "splittist" and an agitator against China. Meanwhile those who get wealthy in the so-called "communist" hierarchy usually take their money and go to live in someplace like the US or Europe or Australia, since the air in Peijing is filthy and they know those living in it will develop emphysema or cancer. They do nothing to stop the pollution that is killing all of their compatriots! Why on earth would they do anything to lift a finger against what is killing Tibetans--namely Chinese greed in and for Tibet.

Chinese govt officials, it seems, simply cannot be believed. It's a game, and it's aimed not at "face" but simply at the most profit for the Chinese elite.