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CHINA - TIBET - INDIA The dialogue offered by Beijing "is only worthless bait"

April 29, 2008

The dialogue offered by Beijing "is only worthless bait"


This is the opinion of various Indian analysts, who view the Chinese
proposal as "a way to push the Olympics through without any more
problems". The Tibetan prime minister asks for the end of the state
campaign against the Dalai Lama, but the People's Daily responds by
accusing him of separatist sentiments.

Dharamsala, 04/28/2008 (AsiaNews) - The Chinese offer to reopen a
channel of dialogue with the Dalai Lama in order to stop the protests of
the Tibetan community "has a single aim: to push through the Olympics
without any more violence, which draws criticisms from the international
community. In other regards, nothing will change". This is the opinion
of various Indian and Nepalese analysts, who view Beijing's proposal as
"worthless bait".

Last April 24, the Chinese government proposed to the Buddhist leader a
meeting to "calm the situation". For his part, the Dalai Lama accepted
the offer but emphasised that he wants "a serious meeting". Brahma
Chellaney, an analyst for the Centre for Strategic Studies in New Delhi,
explains: "The Chinese haven't made any concession. Their primary
interest is to see the Olympics conclude. Besides, six talks between the
parties have taken place since 2002, without bringing any results. This
will not be any different".

The same opinion is expressed by Srikanth Kondapalli, associate
professor of Chinese Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University: "The
Chinese government is not sincere, and has never been so on the Tibetan
question. The latest offer of talks is nothing new. What is new is the
pressure mounted on China with Tibetan protests, which have unnerved
them. The Olympics were supposed to be a coming out party for China, but
now they are truly at risk".

Samdhong Rinpoche, prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile, is
less pessimistic, writing in a statement: "The Dalai Lama has always
offered his help to stop the protests, and has repeatedly emphasised his
support for the Olympics. We hope that these talks will be productive,
and will help to normalise the situation. Nonetheless, the Chinese
government must stop its smear campaign against our leader".

This request seems to have been ignored, since yesterday the People's
Daily - an official instrument of the Chinese government - wrote: "The
Dalai clique has always been proficient in playing with words. But there
is only one key word behind them: Tibetan independence. Tibet has been
an inseparable part of China since ancient times. Any attempt to seek
Tibet independence is not permissible".
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