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Published by the Canada Tibet Committee

Thursday, February 16, 2006

1. Tibet talks start in Beijing, India
February 16, 2006

Kathmandu: The fifth round of talks between the Chinese authorities and the
envoys of exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama started in Beijing even as
Tibetan supporters began a hunger strike in Italy.

Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari, special envoy of the Dalai Lama, accompanied by senior
aide Kelsang Gyaltsen and other representatives of the Tibetan
government-in-exile arrived in China Wednesday to resume the talks on Tibet
that started in 2002.

Even as the talks began in Beijing, the Tibetan Youth Congress began an
indefinite hunger strike in Turin, Italy, where the winter Olympics are
being held

The protestors are asking the Olympic organisers not to hold the games in
China till Tibet is freed. Beijing has won the bid to host the Olympics in

Although the Dalai Lama, the 70-year-old leader revered as the "god-king" by
Tibetans, headed for Israel, the envoys received their final instructions
from him Monday in India's Bodh Gaya city.

The office of the exiled leader said the Nobel peace laureate was pleased
that the present round of talks had resumed.

"For the last four meetings, the envoys have had very candid and serious
discussion with their counterparts in the Chinese leadership," a statement
issued by the Dalai Lama's office in India said.

Both sides would discuss the issue of greater autonomy of Tibet though Tibet
watchers say there have not been any signs of progress.

China occupied Tibet in 1951 and, after a failed revolt, the Dalai Lama fled
into exile in India in 1959.

In 1965, China reshuffled the conquered territory, creating the Tibet
Autonoous Region (TAR), which is about one-third of the size of the original

The Dalai Lama, who won the Nobel peace prize in 1989 for his peaceful
movement to free Tibet, has since then given up the demand for freedom. Now
the septuagenarian leader is pressing for autonomy for Tibet with freedom to
retain its traditional culture and religion.

However communist China, which has declared TAR to be its inalienable part,
has been continuing with its crackdown on Buddhist monks and nuns for
revering the photograph of the Dalai Lama and refusing to abjure him as
their leader.

Articles in this Issue:
  1. Tibet talks start in Beijing
  2. Dalai Lama: Politics, religion equal violence
  3. China condemns Dalai Lama's Israel trip as 'ploy'
  4. China chides Dalai Lama for 'internationalising' Tibet issue
  5. Dalai Lama: Hamas must be more 'realistic' and reject violence
  6. Dalai Lama says happy to meet Hamas
  7. Dalai Lama asks Hamas to renounce violence, won't take side on cartoon controversy
  8. Kalmykia expecting Dalai Lama in summer - Ilyumzhinov
  9. "No Olympics in China Until Tibet is Free" - TYC led Indefinite Hunger Strike: Day 1

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