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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Tibet - What next?

November 19, 2008

Live.mint.com
The Wall Street Journal
November 17, 2008

It is not working.

Armed resistance to Chinese rule has been tried in the past, and has
failed. Peaceful suasion, too, has not worked

Efforts to cut an autonomy deal for Tibet with the Chinese government
simply haven't worked.

That is the starting point for the debate on the future of Tibet,
starting this week in Dharamsala, the seat of Tibet's government-in-exile.

But there are few options left and the prognosis is grim. Armed
resistance to Chinese rule has been tried in the past, and has
failed. Peaceful suasion, too, has not worked.

To top it all, the Dalai Lama is now 73. The chances that Beijing
will try to appoint its "own" Dalai Lama after the current one are
fairly certain.

In such circumstances, Tibetan culture may die a slow, painful, death
under relentless Han Chinese pressure unless the international
community puts pressure on the Chinese government. But that, too, has
been tried and has not worked. Trade surpluses clearly matter more in
this world than a small nation without a clear map.
In this age of respect for human rights and multiculturalism, that
would be a shame for the world.
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