Exiled Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama: Appears to
have wrenched new talks out of recalcitrant Beijing.
People's Republic of China
Decision to Meet Dalai
Lama's Envoy Receives 'Positive Responses'
The Beijing regime's surprise
announcement this morning that it would meet the personal representative of the
Dalai Lama 'in the coming days' was welcomed by the United States and most
Western governments. According to this news item from China strictly controlled
Xinhua news service, which is a tacit admission that
the strategy of pro-Tibet forces has succeeded:
'It is hoped that through contact
and consultation, the Dalai side will take credible moves to halt activities
aimed at splitting China, stop inciting violence and stop disrupting and
sabotaging the Beijing Olympic Games to create the conditions for talks.'
April 25, 2008
Republic of China- Xinhua - Original Article (English)
China has received positive
responses after announcing that in the coming days, the Central Government would
meet with the Dalai Lama's personal representative.
"In view of the repeated
requests to resume talks made by the Dalai side, the relevant department of the
Central Government will have contact and consultation with the Dalai's private
representative in the coming days," an official said on Friday. "The Central
Government's policy toward the Dalai Lama has been consistent and the door to
dialogue has remained open.
"It is hoped that
through contact and consultation, the Dalai side will take credible moves to halt
activities aimed at splitting China, stop inciting violence and stop disrupting
and sabotaging the Beijing Olympic Games to create the conditions for
talks," the official added.
The United States said it was
pleased to hear China's announcement about resume talks with an envoy of the
"We are pleased to hear
this," White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe
said. "We welcome the news that the Chinese authorities will engage with
the Dalai Lama's representatives."
European Commission chief
Jose Manuel Barroso, heading a high-level E.U.
delegation which arrived in Beijing on Thursday, expressed happiness with the
"We are of course very
happy with this announcement," he said, hoping China's decision would also
help "create a better understanding between China and Europe."
E.U. Trade Commissioner Peter
Mandelson, one of the nine commissioners in Barroso's delegation, said, "We want dialogue, not a
boycott. We all want the Olympics to be a success, and reaching out in this way
French President Nicolas Sarkozy welcomed the announcement of, "a renewal of
dialogue in the coming days with representatives of the Dalai Lama."
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Germany also welcomed China's
"We greatly welcome this
move," German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger said. "We hope
very much that this will contribute to resolving the conflict in Tibet,"
the spokesman added.
Japanese Foreign Minister
Masahiko Komura said, "I hope this dialogue is a
Singapore welcomed the
decision of the Chinese government, saying, "it will
help maintain stability in Tibet."
"No one, least of all
the Tibetan people, gains from a continuation of the tension, the protests and attempts
to link the Tibetan issue with the Beijing Olympic Games," the Singaporean
Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
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