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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."

With dialogue deadlocked, Tibetans to reach out directly to Chinese people

May 23, 2009

Tibetan Review
May 21, 2009

With talks with the Chinese government having
reached a dead-end, the envoys of the Dalai Lama
are now focusing more on reaching out directly to
the Chinese people, reported Reuters May 20,
citing envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen. "Unfortunately, so
far, there has been no signal from the government
in Beijing that they are ready to resume the
dialogue," the report quoted him as saying at a
news conference with foreign correspondents in Tokyo.

The last round of talks between the two sides
failed in Nov’08 with Chinese officials rejecting
the Tibetan calls for real autonomy for Tibet
under the current Chinese constitution.

"(W)hile we remain ready to engage in serious
discussions with the Chinese government ... we
will intensify our approach in reaching out to
the Chinese people," Kelsang Gyaltsen was quoted
as saying. The initiatives would include forming
Sino-Tibetan friendship associations, publishing
more in the Chinese language on Tibetan culture
and religion, and sending such material to China.
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