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Dalai Lama Plans Tibet Peace Strategy

The Dalai Lama insists the people of Tibet should be involved in deciding strategies to be used with the Chinese government in order to reach some form of accord that enables Tibetans to enjoy democracy. He said envoys from Tibetan communities would meet in India during the week of November 17 and would be joined in the discussions by representatives from other world groups which support the idea of democracy in Tibet. The Dalai Lama told the Japan Times that his representatives are currently in Beijing engaged in discussions with the Chinese government. He has decided to cease being the lone voice in any discussions with China due to the hostility felt by Chinese officials and will rely upon a group process to further negotiations.

The Dalai Lama once again made clear his goal is not to seek independence for Tibet, but to work with Chinese officials in order to establish the basis for democracy within the region. Preserving Tibetan Buddhism and its ideology are important goals and he does not see attaining such ends threatens China in any manner. He wants the Chinese government to understand Tibetan grievances and work with its leaders to peacefully resolve issues.

Dalai Lama Clashes With Buddhist Sect

Thousands of supporters of the Dalai Lama shouted and spit at a group of demonstrators belonging to a Buddhist sect which claims the Tibetan spiritual leader is persecuting its members. The incident happened outside Radio City Hall as thousands of Tibetans and Nepalese Americans were coming out of a lecture conducted by the Dalai Lama. The situation is confusing at this point because some of the demonstrators were waving money in the air as though to offer the view they had been paid by Chinese agents to stage a protest against the Dalai Lama. However, leaders of the Western Sugden Society(WSS) insisted they were angry at the ban placed by the Dalai Lama against certain forms of prayer which he termed “just spirit worship.” The Tibetan leader insisted “99 percent of Tibetans follow my practice. A small portion worship this spirit.”

The WSS insists the Dalai Lama end the ban on their form of worship since it is causing “spiritual, emotional and physical harm” to its adherents. They point out the Dalai Lama for years was engaged in this form of prayer but then claimed it was wrong.

Frankly, we of this blog are unable to sort our way through the complexities of this religious dispute. Readers who are interested can access the WSS website as well as that of the Dalai Lama.

Is There A Chinese Word For ‘Mistake?”

The Chinese government continues its stonewalling policy of denying there are any problems in Tibet rather than admitting mistakes were made and they will be addressed in the future. Such an approach would be welcomed by the world as evidence China is pursuing the path of democracy. Instead, Quan Bo, of the Chinese Mission to the UN in Geneva, once against insisted Tibet enjoys peace and prosperity under the benevolent rule of China. He insisted the Tibet issue was neither a religious or human rights one, but arose out of dissident groups which endeavor to create an independent Tibet. Bo was particularly upset at the “biased comments” of other delegates who were trying to transform the debate into one dealing with human rights.

According to Bo, “the progress and achievements made in Tibet are facts that cannot be written off by lies and libels.” As always any deaths were attributed to the “Dalai Lama clique” which wants an independent Tibet.

No one denies that many feudal aspects of Tibet life have been changed by China, no one denies there is now a more sophisticated system of education, but fundamental issues of human rights require Tibetans to made their own decisions and certainly most want the return of the Dalai Lama.

China Arrests Monks In Tibet For Acts Of Violence

The world has responded with concern and assistance after the Chinese earthquakes which devastated regions of the nation and left thousands dead. There was an ourpouring of love and warmth as anti-Chinese feelings began to vanish. Instead of building on those positive feelings toward China, the government has decided to once again engage in a public relaitons fiasco by resurrecting the Tibet issue which essentially has disappeared from the foreign press. Xinhua News Agency announced that 16 monks had been arrested for planning violent acts ranging from blowing p an electric substation to a post office to a fuel dump and to private homes. The monks, for some reason, willing confessed while being questioned in a police station.

Naturally, the Chinese government blames foreign propaganda for influencing the minds of the monks and causing them to become terrorists. Of course, the notorious “Dalai Lama clique” is charged with being behind the alleged attacks. Of course, no such attacks ever occurred and no one was killed or injured, but the Xinhua News Agency is certain the monks are guilty.

When will the Chinese government ever learn to move away from preaching hatred toward the Dalai Lama and work with him to bring peace to Tibet. He is clear in seekng conciliation and peace.

Gordon Brown Snubs Dalai Lama

Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Great Britain is experiencing the lowest record of support from the people of his nation, and he decided to show lack of support for the Dalai Lama by refusing to meet wth him. Two months ago, Brown agreed to meet with the Dalai Lama at Downing Street, but, this time around he wants to keep his distance from the so-called controversial figure. He will meet the Tibetan leader at the residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury in an effort to portray the visit as one that is religious in nature and thus avoid angering Chinese officials. Anne Holmes, the director of the Free Tibet campaign, commented: “by meeting the Dalai Lama at the Lambeth Palace, Brown has signified his determination to appease the Chinese government. Th overwhelming message from Tibetans during recent protests inside Tibet was for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet.”

Representatives of the Dalai Lama during the past few months have met with Chinese officials in order to forge a way of respecting the Chinese presence in Tibet while ensuring the Dalai Lama is able to return and work with the government in a manner that will ensure acceptance of basic Tibetan values and culture. There is no need at this time for Brown to act in such a fearful manner.

Behave Yourself Dalai Lama Say Chinese Negotiators

A meeting between representatives of the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government finally took place due to, according to the Chinese government, repeated requests made by the Dalai side,” According to the China Daily, representatives of the Dalai Lama “expressed their views and said they would report truthfully on what had been discussed at the meeting to the Dalai Lama. President Hu Jinto told Japanese journalists in Beijing, “Our policy toward the Dalai Lama is clear and consistent, and the door for dialogue remains open.

The tone of Chinese representatives was clearly that the onus for any problems lies on the head of the Dalai Lama and his group must make changes if there is to be any fruitful changes in China’s policies toward Tibet. According to Zhu Weiqun, the Dalai side has to live up to what they say and promise to end separatist activites and cease interfering with success of the Olympic Games.

At no point in reports of the discussions is any mention made by Chinese sources that perhaps, just perhaps, the Chinese government might need to institute changes in its policies towards Tibetans. Anyway, at least both sides are talking with one another.

China To Dalai-It’s You, Not Us!

The Chinese government has agreed to meet with representatives of the Dalai Lama, but has made it clear, they regard the source of all problems as stemming from refusal of the Dalai Lama to respect the intergrity of the Chinese nation. “it is hope that through contact and consultation, the Dalai side will take credible moves to stop activities aimed at splitting China, stop plotting and inciting violence and stop disrupting and sabotaging the Beijing Olympic Games so as to create conditionf for talk.” In other words, any problems in Tibet are caused by “separatist” elements led by the Dalai Lama. The Chinese government apparently does not regard any of its actions in Tibet as of concern to the process of creating a Tibet that can remain within the Chinese nation while still maintaining its own cultural traditions.

No one expects the Chinese government to openly acknowledge mistakes on its part. It is still too early in negotiations for China to shift its approach to one which allows the same type of autonomy as enjoyed in Hong Kong. In reaching a compromise which respects cultural differences in Tibet, the Chinese government is showing the people of Taiwan that it might be possible to have local autonomy within the confines of China.

Fighting Breaks Out In China Over Tibet

A Chinese policeman was shot dead while pursuing an “alleged riot leader” in the ethnically Tibetan part of western China. A riot had broken out in Qinghai’s Dari County incited by a “handful of people” alleged to be insurgent seeking “Tibetan independence” according to Chinese news sources. The supposed leader of Tibetan nationalists was approached by police officers when he fired, killing the policeman. In the ensuing exchange of gunfire, the supsect was killed.

Since outbreaks of violence in Tibet, there have been riots in many areas of China containing large numbers of Tibetans. The Chinese government has admitted jailing supsects and then sentencing them to prison terms ranging from a few to several years. This has only accentuated feelings against the Chinese government.

The Dalai Lama must be engaged in dialogue which would result in recognizing the cultural values of Tibetans while still including Tibet within the framework of the Chinese republic.

China Again Clicks Button On Tibet Clique Complaint

The Chinese government is so concerned in proving to the world the Dalai Lama is part of some grand conspiracy aimed to obtaining independence for Tibet, it is incapable of ever actually listening to the words of the peaceful leader of his desire for autonomy within the nation of China. Once again Chinese official sources claim the Dalai Lama is on a global tour aimed at pushing the idea of a “China threat” to the West. China insists, “some forces want to use Dalai clique to put greater pressure on China” by internationalizing the Tibet issue. It is upset the “Dalai clique” wants an investigation into events of the March riots in Tibet. The bottom line, according to Beijing, is that “after five decades of life in exile, the Dalai clique has learned how to cater to the West by flaunting human rights, peace, environment protection and culture, among others.”

Perhaps, there is another way to examine the issue of spending half a century in exile. Perhaps, the Dalai Lama seeks to achieve peace for his people and some form of protection of their cultural values within the greater context of life in a Chinese nation. Perhaps, there is no “clique,” but only frustrated people seeking to reconcile their desires for a peaceful resolution of issues.

Is Chna Serious About Dalai Lama Talks?

A few days ago, the Chinese government expressed a desire to engage in serious discussions with representatives of the Dalai Lama regarding recent events in Tibet as well as its future. But, the state-controlled press continues to heap scorn on the Buddhist leader’s clique as the cause of violence in Tibet last month. “The Dalai clique has always been masters at games with words and the ideas that they have tossed about truly make the head spin,” blasted the People’s Daily. The leading government newspaper warned, “questions of sovereignty are beyond debate and splitting China is sure to fail.” It heaped praise on ethnic Chnese demonstrators who have defended Tibet policies and attacked the world’s media for insulting their nation. “Those who follow national unity are national heroes and those who split the nation are criminals to history.”

The Dalai Lama has made clear his intent is to establish a relationship with China in which local Tibet customs and traditions are respected. He has avoided seeking independence from China knowing full well going in that direction leads nowhere but to failure. The issue is whether or not the Chinese government is willing to engage in meaningful dialogue or is it simply holding talks in order to deflect pressure on the Olympic Games and its opening ceremonies?