China Plans Ethnic Tour for Dalai Lama Envoys

Chinese officials have plans to bring the Dalai Lama’s envoys to minority areas, in an effort to improve the fence-mending efforts. Reuters reports:

China plans to take the Dalai Lama’s envoys to visit a non-Tibetan minority, a source said on Friday, as they try to persuade their wary visitors Beijing is sincere about talks on the Himalayan region’s future.

[...] The rare trip out of the capital would be a chance for officials to showcase ethnic relations less fraught than those of Tibet, which erupted into deadly anti-Chinese riots in March.

But it is also a risky gamble because there are few areas of the country where minorities are entirely content, and most major ethnic groups have vocal advocates abroad who would be keen to undermine any picture of harmony presented by the government.

October 31, 2008 5:29 PM
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