Dalai Lama’s Envoys Resign over Dialogue with CCP

The Hindu reports that the Dalai Lama’s representatives resigned over the dialogue with Chinese government. The two envoys “expressed their utter frustration over the lack of positive response from the Chinese side”

Since 2002, the two sides have held nine rounds of talks, however, they failed to reach an accordance on issues like “’genuine autonomy’ and migration policies for Tibetan areas”:

“We have made it very clear that we do not demand independence, or separation from China, and we would accept the Chinese constitution and within the framework seek genuine autonomy for the entire area Tibetans are living,” he [Tempa Tsering, one of the envoys] said. “There is, however, a saying that you cannot clap with one hand,” he added.

Chinese officials have said the memorandum amounted to “disguised independence”, particularly pointing to the demand for a central Tibetan administration that would govern matters of education and religion and have some legislative powers for Tibetans living both in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and in neighbouring Sichuan, Qinghai, Gansu and Yunnan, where around half of China’s six million Tibetans live. The area amounts to around one-fourth of China’s total landmass.

Read more about the Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan People released in 2008 by the Dalai Lama’s envoys.

Read more about Tibet Dialogue on China Digital Times.