News / Asia

China Blames Dalai Lama for Lack of Progress in Talks

Exiled Tibetan leader Dalai Lama prays in Hsiaolin, in Kaohsiung county, southern Taiwan (2009 File)
Exiled Tibetan leader Dalai Lama prays in Hsiaolin, in Kaohsiung county, southern Taiwan (2009 File)

Chinese government blames the Dalai Lama's envoys for the lack of results in the latest round of reconciliation talks, which took place at the end of January.

Zhu Weiqun is vice minister of the Chinese Communist Party's United Front Work Department, which that handles Tibet issues.
 
He made clear Tuesday that China considers the Dalai Lama's call for "greater autonomy" for his homeland to be a disguised call for Tibetan independence.
 
Zhu says independence for Tibet affects China's territorial integrity and national dignity. He says on these issues, the Chinese government sees no room for negotiation or concession.
 
The Dalai Lama is Tibet's spiritual leader. He fled to India in 1959, following a failed uprising against Chinese rule in Tibet.
 
Zhu accuses the Dalai Lama of setting up what he called an illegal government in exile in Dharamsala, India. He also stresses that the Chinese government refuses to discuss whether the Dalai Lama is the representative of all Tibetans, and instead will only discuss terms of his return to Tibet.
 
Zhu wishes the 74-year-old Dalai Lama a long life, and notes that the Tibetan leader met former Chinese leader Mao Zedong in 1955. He urges the Dalai Lama to think about his own future, though, and adds that China does not want him to be on foreign soil at the end of his life.
 
The talks that ended Sunday were the ninth round between the Chinese government and envoys from the Dalai Lama since 2002. The last round in November 2008 ended with no results.
 
Zhu says one difference this time is that the Chinese took the Dalai Lama's envoys to visit Mao's birthplace in Hunan province, and also took them to visit two minority areas to see how the Chinese government implements regional ethnic autonomy.
 
He says the door to talks remains open unless the Dalai Lama publicly announces Tibet independence. The Tibetan leader has repeatedly renounced independence, and says he wants greater cultural and religious autonomy for his homeland.
 
Tibetan exiles accuse the Chinese government of discriminating against and repressing Tibetans.
 
Zhu says Beijing wants to pursue talks so they can be, in his words, "a channel for the Dalai Lama to redress his mistakes."
 
Lodi Gyari, who represented the Dalai Lama in China, said Tuesday in Dharmasala that the Tibetans remain committed to talking with the Chinese government.
 
"However, we made it very clear that in order for us to continue this dialogue, there has to be some progress," said Gyari.  "For example, it is very clear from our statement, the Chinese government must cease the baseless accusations against His Holiness [the Dalai Lama] - for example, calling him a splittist [separatist]."

Gyari says the Tibetans will seriously consider the information it received from the Chinese. He says the Tibetan officials also are studying the documents from a recent major Chinese government meeting on Tibet.
 
Also Tuesday, Zhu took strong issue with reports that President Barack Obama will meet soon with the Dalai Lama.
 
Zhu says if the U.S. leader chooses to meet with the Dalai Lama at this time, it will threaten trust and cooperation between China and the United States.
 
The Sino-American relationship is already troubled by several other issues, including US arms sales to Taiwan and Washington's concern over China's censorship of the Internet.

You May Like

Multimedia Obama Defends Immigration Action

Obama says with his executive action on immigration, enforcement resources will be focused on 'felons, not families; criminals, not children' More

US-Led Airstrikes in Syria Kill Over 900: Monitoring Group

British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the toll includes more than 50 civilians, five of them women and eight of them children More

Report: Obama Broadens US Combat Role in Afghanistan

The New York Times says resident Barack Obama has signed a classified order extending the role of US troops in Afghanistan for another year More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
New Skateboard Defies Gravityi
X
November 21, 2014 5:07 AM
A futuristic dream only a couple of decades ago, the hoverboard – a skateboard that floats above the ground - has finally been made possible. While still not ready for mass production, it promises to become a cool mode of transport... at least over some surfaces. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video New Skateboard Defies Gravity

A futuristic dream only a couple of decades ago, the hoverboard – a skateboard that floats above the ground - has finally been made possible. While still not ready for mass production, it promises to become a cool mode of transport... at least over some surfaces. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Falling Gas Prices Impact US Oil Extraction

With the price of oil now less than $80 a barrel, motorists throughout the United States are benefiting from gas prices below $3 a gallon. But as VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the decreasing price of petroleum has a downside for the hydraulic fracturing industry in the United States.
Video

Video Tensions Build on Korean Peninsula Amid Military Drills

It has been another tense week on the Korean peninsula as Pyongyang threatened to again test nuclear weapons while the U.S. and South Korean forces held joint military exercises in a show of force. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from the Kunsan Air Base in South Korea.
Video

Video Mama Sarah Obama Honored at UN Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

President Barack Obama's step-grandmother is in the United States to raise money to build a $12 million school and hospital center in Kogelo, Kenya, the birthplace of the president's father, Barack Obama, Sr. She was honored for her decades of work to aid poor Kenyans at a Women's Entrepreneurship Day at the United Nations.
Video

Video Gay Evangelicals Argue That Bible Does Not Condemn Homosexuality

More than 30 U.S. states now recognize same-sex marriages, and an increasing number of mainline American churches are blessing them. But evangelical church members- which account for around 30 percent of the U.S. adult population - believe the Bible unequivocally condemns homosexuality. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky reports that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender evangelicals are coming out. Backed by a prominent evangelical scholar, they argue that the traditional reading of the bible is wrong.
Video

Video Ebola Economic Toll Stirs W. Africa Food Security Concerns

The World Bank said Wednesday that it expects the economic impact of the Ebola outbreak on the sub-Saharan economy to cost somewhere betweenf $3 billion to $4 billion - well below a previously-outlined worst-case scenario of $32 billion. Some economists, however, paint a gloomier picture - warning that the disruption to regional markets and trading is considerable. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Mexico Protests Escalate Over Disappearances

Protests in Mexico over 43 students missing since September continue to escalate, reflecting growing anger among Mexicans about a political system they view as corrupt, and increasingly tainted by the drug trade. Mounting outrage over the disappearances is now focused on the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto, accused of not doing enough to end insecurity in the country. More from VOA's Victoria Macchi.
Video

Video US Senate Votes Down Controversial Oil Pipeline - For Now

The U.S. Senate has rejected construction of a controversial pipeline to transport Canadian oil to American refineries. The $5 billion project still could be approved next year, but it faces a possible veto by President Barack Obama. As VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the pipeline has exposed deep divisions in Congress about America’s energy future.
Video

Video Can Minsk Cease-fire Agreement Hold?

Growing tensions between government troops and separatists in eastern Ukraine further threaten a cease-fire agreement reached two months ago in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. Critics of U.S. policy in Ukraine say it is time the Obama administration gives up on that much-violated cease-fire and moves toward a new deal with Russia. VOA's Scott Stearns has more.
Video

Video Chaos, Abuse Defy Solution in Libya

The political and security crisis in Libya is deepening, with competing governments and, according to Amnesty International, widespread human rights violations committed with impunity. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
Video

Video US Hosts Record 866,000 Foreign Students

Close to 900,000 international students are studying at American universities and colleges, more than ever before. About half of them come from Asia, mostly China. The United States hosts more foreign students than any other country in the world, and its foreign student population is steadily growing. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Ferguson Church Grapples with Race Relations

Many white residents of Ferguson, Missouri, say they chose to live there because of the American Midwest community's diversity. So, they were shocked when a white police officer killed an unarmed black teenager in August – and shaken by the resulting protests and violence. Some local churches are leading conversations on how to go forward. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports.

All About America

AppleAndroid