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
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
The Tibetan spiritual leader has been seeking some form of
political autonomy that would allow Tibetans to freely practice their culture
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.
"His 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
This week's 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 strategy.
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 that strategy.
China has ruled Tibet since 1951, and
denies any charges of repression in the region.