Did The Dalai Lama Submit To China’s Demands?

Questions For Thubten Samphel


With envoys of the Dalai Lama in Beijing today and negotiating with the communist Chinese Regime, a meeting that surprised many following the many months of stalemate, it is natural to speculate as to what factors may have resulted in the re-opening of talks.

On October 22, 2009) Mr. Zhu Weiqun, communist China’s Vice Minister of the United Front Work Department, issued a number of additional demands to the Tibetan Administration, significantly requirements essential to re-kindle negotiations. At the time Tibettruth cautioned that such demands would be conceded by the Exiled Tibetan Government, and that Samdhong Rinpoche would happily conform to these extra dictates, if it meant convincing Beijing  of the Tibetan Administration’s willingness to accept communist Chinese domination.


The three additional demands forced upon the exiled Tibetan Government were:

1) The Tibetan Administration must provide an explanation to China why, according to Beijing, it ceased contacts with the communist Chinese government last year.

2) The Tibetan Administration should ‘thoroughly and sincerely reconsider their political outlines and make corrections’ in the Memorandum of Genuine Autonomy. (Editor’s Note: A document which already contains page-after-page of capitulation, including the possibility of surrendering traditional Tibetana regions such as Amdo and Kham).

3. China has demanded that the Dalai Lama should stop travelling to the west as it jeopardizes China’s friendly relations with other countries, accusing the Tibetan leader of engaging in political activities in those countries. Zhu added that the Tibetan leader’s future (Editor’s Note: It is discussion of Tibet’s status that China wishes to avoid here) could be discussed only if he drops his separatist stance and behaviors.

Is the presence of Lodi Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen (personal envoys of the Dalai Lama) in Beijing an indication that these dictates were privately agreed to? If that is the case then, apart from the very dangerous surrender that involves, it would also oblige a response from the Exiled Tibetan government spokesperson, Thubten Samphel. Addressing these demands at the time he stated on Voice of Tibet  http://www.phayul.com/news/article.aspx?id=25787  that there was no way to change the Tibetan Government’s policy, since the government policy was a mandate of the Tibetan people and can be changed only through a democratic process. Well Mr Samphel two questions for you. Did the Tibetan Administration privately agree to these demands? If so would you agree it has acted in violation of its stated democratic principles and against the wishes of its own people?

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