The Dalai Lama said Monday that his envoys were expected to meet with their Chinese counterparts next month. He noted that the Chinese government failed to bring satisfaction to Tibetan life and urged a thorough realistic review of the Tibet issue.
The Dalai Lama's private secretary Tenzin Takla said during the previous talks, the Dalai Lama’s envoys had expressed great concern at the Chinese handling of the recent protests in Tibet. He said the protests reflected a deep-rooted resentment of the Tibetans against the Chinese policies.
Gelek, a pro-ChinaTibetan scholar at China's Tibetology Center in Beijing, welcomed the upcoming meeting between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama as beneficial not only to the Chinese but also the Dalai Lama himself. Gelek said the life of the Tibetans has greatly improved over the years and any disturbance would only be counter-productive to the stability of Tibet. He called on the Dalai Lama to seize the good opportunity offered to him by the Chinese government and hold talks with the Chinese in a diligent and realistic way. The Chinese government has agreed to meet with the envoys of the Dalai Lama but insisted that the Dalai Lama renounce any attempts to separate Tibet from China and actions to disrupt the upcoming Olympic Games. The Dalai Lama is expected to travel to Europe, America and Australia in the coming months.
In an interview, Tanzen Lhundup, a sociologist and vice-director at the Chinese Center for Tibetan Studie's Institute of Sociology and Econonmics in Beijing, defend China's record in Tibet over the past 30 years. He acknowledged that benefits of Tibet's economic boom have not trickled down enough to regular Tibetans, and said that some policies may end a bit of tweaking.
But finger-pointing by foreigners is not going to help Beijing improve policies, he said. 'A family's problems should be discussed and resolved within the family.