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Sunday, February 26, 2006



11. Dalai Lama envoys report block in talks with China (Reuters)


Sun Feb 26, 2006=20

Washington Post


BEIJING (Reuters) - Envoys of the Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader
who has been branded a separatist by Beijing, said fundamental
differences remained after talks in China on allowing more autonomy
for the Buddhist region.


It was the fifth round of negotiations since contacts between China
and the Dalai Lama's representatives resumed in 2002, but there have
so far been no concrete results of a process the Chinese government
does not even openly acknowledge exists.


"There is a better and deeper understanding of each other's position
and the fundamental differences that continue to exist in the
positions held by the two parties," envoy Lodi Gyari said in a
statement, adding that the trip included a visit to the southern
autonomous region of Guangxi.


"This round of discussion also made it clear that there is a major
difference even in the approach in addressing the issue. However, we
remain committed to the dialogue process and are hopeful that progress
will be possible by continuing the engagement."


The Dalai Lama fled Lhasa in 1959 after a failed uprising against
Chinese rule, nine years after Communist troops invaded the remote,
mountainous region.


Although Beijing considers him a traitor, many Tibetans still remain
loyal to the figure they regard as a god-king.


Analysts say China is committed to the dialogue in part because it
fears that if the 70-year-old Dalai Lama should die in exile, it could
create a rallying point for Tibetans unhappy with Chinese rule and
leave a destabilising leadership vacuum.


That could also strengthen support among Tibetans for full
independence, especially among youth frustrated with the Dalai Lama's
"middle way" approach that advocates autonomy for Tibet as a part of
China.


Articles in this Issue:
  1. Special Envoy=92s Statement (Tibet.net)
  2. Dalai Lama envoys report block in talks with China (Reuters)
  3. Dalai Lama's India-based representatives report progress after visit=20= to China (AP)
  4. Tibetan Hunger Strikers Put IOC in a Jam (AP)
  5. Tibetans protest China hosting 2008 games (CBS)
  6. ICT commends the IOC for meeting with hunger strikers (ICT)
  7. Tibetans detained after wave of burning of animal skins throughout=20 Tibet (ICT)
  8. Tibet railway offers luxury travel to "Roof of the World" (Xinhua)
  9. In praise of ... the Dalai Lama (The Guardian)
  10. Special Envoy=92s Statement (Tibet.net)
  11. Dalai Lama envoys report block in talks with China (Reuters)
  12. Dalai Lama's India-based representatives report progress after visit to China (AP)
  13. Tibetan Hunger Strikers Put IOC in a Jam (AP)
  14. Tibetans protest China hosting 2008 games (CBS)
  15. ICT commends the IOC for meeting with hunger strikers (ICT)
  16. Tibetans detained after wave of burning of animal skins throughout Tibet (ICT)
  17. Tibet railway offers luxury travel to "Roof of the World" (Xinhua)
  18. In praise of ... the Dalai Lama (The Guardian)



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