Dalai Lama’s envoys disappointed by talks in China
Date Published: 07/06/2008
Jill Drew, Washington Post, July 6, 2008
A statement issued by Dalai Lama’s envoys said the talks between Chinese officials in the past week were disappointing with no substantial breakthrough. The Chinese side did not agree to sign a proposal that was drafted by the envoys, which would commit both parties to the dialogue process. Tibet advocates are now asking leaders of the Group of Eight industrialized nations to raise the concerns about the fate of the Tibetans who participated in the protests in March with Chinese President Hu Jintao at an outreach meeting in Japan next week. Chinese officials have maintained that progress will only be made if the Dalai Lama would “concretely curb” any acts of violence or destruction to the next month’s Olympics. The Dalai Lama, meanwhile have frequently said he supports Beijing as the host country and condemns violence, and is merely advocating for Tibet’s autonomy, not independence. The Chinese have offered to meet again with the envoys in October and to continue the dialogue process. ---posted by Ying Jia Huang
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