Tibetans Plot Future After Dalai Lama Admits Failure
Leading Tibetan exiles began a week-long meeting Monday in northern India that could usher in a more radical approach to their long struggle against Chinese rule in Tibet.
The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader, called the gathering after admitting that his attempts to secure greater autonomy for the region through negotiation with the Chinese government had failed.
Before the talks began, he urged the 500 participants to consider all aspects of policy regarding China — ensuring that the thorny issue of whether to push for full independence would be tackled.
The meeting should air “the real opinions and views of the Tibetan people through free and frank discussions,” said the Dalai Lama, who has expressed uncharacteristic frustration over failing to win concessions from Beijing.