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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Dalai Lama seeks talks with China over Tibet


Reuters | Breaking News from Around the Globe

Tibet Map
"'With the Chinese government pouring millions for the development of Tibet, we might have a greater benefit if we remain within the People's Republic of China.'"

The words of the Dalai Lama quoted from the linked Reuters story are not new. The Dalai Lama has long ceased to make "separation" from China his goal.

The realities for the Tibetans and the Uygur are such that "separation" or "splitting" as the Chinese call it is no longer an option for a variety of reasons.

The goal now must be to seek a degree of cultural autonomy and self determination within the Chinese state. To "free" the Tibetan and Uygur peoples from the extreme Human Rights privations they have laboured under for so long.

I am sure the opening quote is not reflective of the only reason the the Lama has for his postion but it is one that is not given enough recognition. Provided with the right conditions the economic future and welfare of Xinjiang and Tibet and therefore the indiginous peoples would be much greater within China than without her.