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Did The Dalai Lama Submit To China's Demands?

February 3, 2010

Questions For Thubten Samphel
Tibet Truth
January 31, 2010

With envoys of the Dalai Lama in Beijing today
and negotiating with the communist Chinese
Regime, a meeting that surprised many following
the many months of stalemate, it is natural to
speculate as to what factors may have resulted in the re-opening of talks.

On October 22, 2009 Mr. Zhu Weiqun, communist
China’s Vice Minister of the United Front Work
Department, issued a number of additional demands
to the Tibetan Administration, significantly
requirements essential to re-kindle negotiations.
At the time Tibettruth cautioned that such
demands would be conceded by the Exiled Tibetan
Government, and that Samdhong Rinpoche would
happily conform to these extra dictates, if it
meant convincing Beijing  of the Tibetan
Administration’s willingness to accept communist Chinese domination.

The three additional demands forced upon the exiled Tibetan Government were:

1) The Tibetan Administration must provide an
explanation to China why, according to Beijing,
it ceased contacts with the communist Chinese government last year.

2) The Tibetan Administration should ‘thoroughly
and sincerely reconsider their political outlines
and make corrections’ in the Memorandum of
Genuine Autonomy. (Editor’s Note: A document
which already contains page-after-page of
capitulation, including the possibility of
surrendering traditional Tibetana regions such as Amdo and Kham).

3. China has demanded that the Dalai Lama should
stop travelling to the west as it jeopardizes
China’s friendly relations with other countries,
accusing the Tibetan leader of engaging in
political activities in those countries. Zhu
added that the Tibetan leader’s future (Editor’s
Note: It is discussion of Tibet’s status that
China wishes to avoid here) could be discussed
only if he drops his separatist stance and behaviors.

Is the presence of Lodi Gyari and Kelsang
Gyaltsen (personal envoys of the Dalai Lama) in
Beijing an indication that these dictates were
privately agreed to? If that is the case then,
apart from the very dangerous surrender that
involves, it would also oblige a response from
the Exiled Tibetan government spokesperson,
Thubten Samphel. Addressing these demands at the
time he stated on Voice of
that there was no way to change the Tibetan
Government’s policy, since the government policy
was a mandate of the Tibetan people and can be
changed only through a democratic process. Well
Mr Samphel two questions for you. Did the Tibetan
Administration privately agree to these demands?

If so would you agree it has acted in violation
of its stated democratic principles and against the wishes of its own people?
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