Dalai Lama Says His Aides Are Talking to China

Dalai Lama in SeattleIn Seattle, the Dalai Lama reveals his representatives are engaged in “private talks” with the Chinese government aimed at resolving questions surrounding last month’s riots. From the New York Times:

“Just a few days these are going on,” the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, said of the discussions. He said it was unclear what the talks might yield.

He would not say specifically what matters were being discussed, and he said he had not been directly involved in the conversations.

…He rejected the suggestion that Tibetan leaders might make concessions to engage in more extensive dialogue with China. “We’ve become refugees,” he said, adding that Tibetans had little left to concede.

Asked whether he would accept an invitation to the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics, he laughed and said he did not expect to receive one. More important, he said, was for China to take steps to earn the international respect and trust it hopes the Olympics will help nurture. As part of doing this, he said, China should release Tibetans arrested since the protests began and provide those injured with proper medical care. He also said China should open Tibet to the news media.