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Opinion: Envoy Considers Surrendering Tibetan Regions

February 3, 2010

Tibet Truth
February 1, 2010

As anticipated in previous postings here the
exiled Tibetan Administration looks set to
maintain efforts to negotiate with communist
China, in the hope of securing an improved form
of autonomy under Chinese rule, an objective not
shared by Tibetans in Tibet, who continue to
oppose China’s occupation and demand independence.

Just 36 hours after Beijing contemptuously
rejected the proposals made by the Dalai Lama,
his chief envoy Lodi Gyari has released a
in which the prospects of submitting to
additional Chinese demands (referred to as the
Four Not To Indulge In Points) are evident.

A key requirement of China is that the Tibetan
leader abandons the idea of a ‘Greater Tibet’
(comprising the three traditional areas of Tibet,
Amdo, Kham and U-Tsang) which the Dalai Lama’s
proposals insist should form one unified Tibetan
region. Beijing is callously intolerant of that
concept, it seeks to erode and assimilate Tibetan
culture and national idenity, not encourage it by
agreeing to the establishment of a single
autonomous region including all three Tibetan
territories. Should the Dalai Lama continue
efforts to seek negotiations with the Chinese
Government he will do so in full knowledge that
no further talks will be likely without
submitting to this demand. This would mean
surrendering to China, the regions of Kham and
Amdo, a betrayal which would generate seismic
divisions and anger among Tibetans, inside and beyond Tibet.

So what does Lodi Gyari (himself born in Nyarong,
Kham)  have to say about China’s forceful
renunciation of the Dalai Lama’s proposals?

"In the coming days we will be studying the
issues raised by our counterparts, including the
proceedings of the Fifth Tibet Work Forum and the
"Four Not to Indulge In" points. As we had urged
during our meeting, it is my sincere hope that
the Chinese leadership will also seriously
reflect on the issues raised by us.  Since His
Holiness the Dalai Lama has consistently made his
position clear on the future of Tibet within the
framework of the People’s Republic of China,
given political will on the Chinese leadership’s
side we do not see any reason why we cannot find
a common ground on these issues.  We would like
to reiterate His Holiness’s continued willingness
to work with the Chinese Central Government in
this so that the Tibetan people can regain their
pride and dignity and the People’s Republic of
China’s stability and unity are ensured"
(emphasis added) Source: statement issued by Lodi Gyari, February 2, 2010

Can there be any politically sane consideration
of demands which would guarantee and formalize
the division of Tibet and the surrender of Kham
and Amdo? According to Lodi Gyari it would seem
that such treachery will at least be evaluated,
as the Tibetan Administration walks with eyes wide-open towards the precipice.
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