China's offer on resumption of dialogue rhetoric: Tibetan govt in exile
  • Tue, 04/03/2012 - 18:45

Naresh Kumar
Dharamsala, April 03, 2012

With the Red Dragon indicating its willingness to reopen the talks with Tibetan Spiritual Leader, the Dalai Lama if he abandons the Tibet independence policy, the Tibetan government in exile has termed China’s offer rhetoric.

As the self immolations protest continued unabated in
Tibet, the China has for the first time after two years and three months, hinted upon reopening the stalled talks if Dalai Lama “truly gives up Tibetan independence”.  

A state-run China Daily has stated in its news report that central government has made clear its willingness for talks if the Dalai Lama truly gives up Tibetan independence then the doors are open to him.

This is perhaps the first time such indications have come up in the official media from Chinese side. Dialogue between the Chinese authorities and representatives of the Dalai Lama had come to a standstill after the ninth round of talks in January 2010.

The indication have come after a salvo of criticism unleashed by Communist regime against the Dalai Lama, accusing him of instigating suicides, especially among the Buddhist monks in Tibetan-inhabited areas.

Meanwhile, finding nothing new in the offer made by China, Spokesperson of Tibetan government in exile, Tashi said there was nothing new in it and China used to make such statements and offers every now and then by imposing conditions.

Besides, the Chinese authorities had alleged that, the Dalai Lama wanted to cover all of Tibet, including, Sichuan, Qinghai, Gansu and Yunnan. All these regions put together constitute one fourth of China's territory.

Qu Xing, President of the state-run China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) had alleged that though the Dalai on one hand renounced the independence demand, his other demands that all troops and mainland Chinese should leave the areas amounted to seeking independence.

“There is nothing new in Chinas offer to reopen the talks. Condition that China is ready for talks if His Holiness, the Dalai Lama gives up the demand of independence to Tibet and accept it as an integral part of China is rhetoric,” said Tashi.

He, however,  said if the Chinese authorities are serious with reopening the talks, Tibetan government in exile is ready for it as and when the Chinese authorities want.

“We are always open for the talks as and when the Chinese government wants, however, some of conditions imposed by China are not acceptable” said Tashi.

It may be recalled that China and representatives of the Dalai Lama have held nine rounds of talks since 2002 to 2010 but the half a century old Tibetan issue remained unresolved even after the Tibetan spiritual leader asserted that Tibet is part of China and sought genuine autonomy.