Two envoys of the Dalai Lama are traveling to Beijing for talks with
Chinese officials on Tibet. As Anjana Pasricha reports from New Delhi,
the dialogue will be held days after the Tibetan spiritual leader
expressed frustration at lack of progress in talks with China.
Dalai Lama's spokesman on Thursday expressed hope that Chinese
officials will use the new round of talks with the Tibetan leader's
envoys to "respond positively."
The talks are in continuation
of a dialogue that began in 2002 - and will be held days after an
unusually blunt Dalai Lama said that he is losing hope that the
dialogue with China will lead to any settlement on Tibet.
Tibetan spiritual leader has been seeking some form of political
autonomy that would allow Tibetans to freely practice their culture and
But on the weekend he said at a public function that
he had "given up" because there was no positive response from China in
the talks held so far. He suggested that the Chinese leadership does
not seem interested in addressing the Tibet issue in a realistic way.
The Dalai Lama's spokesman, Tenzin Takhla says there is a sense of frustration among Tibetans.
Holiness, not only his Holiness, all the Tibetans have been frustrated
at the lack of response, lack of positive response from the Chinese," he said.
"Rather than admitting there is a problem inside Tibet, that there is a
issue, the Chinese keep insisting that everything is fine and that
Tibetan people inside Tibet are happy, they blame His Holiness for the
unrest, they say there is no Tibetan issue. So we hope the Chinese
would use this opportunity to respond positively."
talks will be the second between the Dalai Lama's envoys and Beijing
since Chinese security forces crushed anti-China riots which erupted in
March in Tibet.
Beijing blamed the Dalai Lama's supporters for
engineering the violence, while the Tibetan leader said the protests
were like a "people's movement."
Tibetan officials in India
have convened a meeting of Tibetan exile communities and political
organizations in mid-November to consider the foundering dialogue with
China. Some observers say the meeting may consider a shift in
So far the Dalai Lama's has adopted what he calls
"the Middle Way" - non violence and more dialogue with the Chinese. But
there has been a growing impatience among younger Tibetan exiles with
China has ruled Tibet since 1951, and denies any charges of repression in the region.