Agam's Gecko
Friday, April 25, 2008

hinese state-run media has reported today that PRC officials will meet representatives of Dalai Lama, marking a sharp change in tactics from Beijing.
"In view of the requests repeatedly made by the Dalai side for resuming talks, the relevant department of the central government will have contact and consultation with Dalai’s private representative in the coming days," Xinhua quoted an official as saying.
The Dalai Lama's office in India was not immediately aware of the offer, saying that he will return to India from his overseas trip tomorrow. But neither the Chinese Foreign Ministry nor the communist leadership's international affairs office would admit to any knowledge of the move.
"It is hoped that through contact and consultation, the Dalai side will take credible moves to stop activities aimed at splitting China, stop plotting and inciting violence and stop disrupting and sabotaging the Beijing Olympic Games so as to create conditions for talks," Xinhua quoted the official as saying.
So that's that then -- he's never done any of those things. The talks are on.

A short while ago, Dalai Lama's spokesman Tenzin Takla told AFP that His Holiness welcomes Beijing's offer.
After China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported that talks would take place in the coming days, spokesman Tenzin Takla said it was "a step in the right direction as only face-to-face meetings can lead to a resolution of the Tibetan issue."
I wonder if Xinhua's presence at the meeting with Dalai Lama yesterday, as mentioned in the introduction to his appeal in the previous post, might have had anything to do with it. Whatever the case, this is very good news. As long as these coming talks are genuine and substantive (unlike the ones over the past 6 years), there is some reason for optimism. May the Tibetans and the Chinese finally have the opportunity to find a mutually agreeable solution.

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