As anticipated by Tibettruth the exiled Tibetan Administration seems willing to capitulate further to communist Chinese demands, regarding what would constitutue any future Tibetan ‘territory’ enjoying the dubious benefits of ‘meaningful autonomy’ under communist Chinese law. Indications of further concessions were suggested in a statement from the Dalai Lama’s senior envy, Mr Lodi Gyari featured orginally in the South China Morning Post and posted September 10, 2010 on the website of the International Campaign For Tibet
Gyari’s comments, a reflection of Tibet’s political leader hint darkly at surrendering the notion, featured in the Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy For Tibetans (a document of breathtaking compromise) of a single Tibetan territory comprised of all three traditional regions of Tibet.
“We have made it abundantly clear that we will respect the People’s Republic of China’s core interest of sovereignty and territorial integrity, including respecting the authority of the central government and adhering to the regional, national autonomy system.But the central government must also fully respect the legitimate rights of the Tibetan people to maintain our distinctive and unique identity, as this is our core interest.” (Emphasis Added)
These words raise some serious questions and should attract the urgent concern of all Tibetans struggling for their nationhood and national identity. Firstly we note that the ‘core’ issue, according to Gyari is now ‘legitimate rights’, no reference to the establishment of a single continuous region made of all traditional territories, was that omission an act of chance, or another signal to Beijing that the Exiled Tibetan Government is prepared to offer that sacrifice? More significantly Gyari asserts that the the Dalai Lama’s Administration will follow and respect communist Chinese territorial law concerning national and regional autonomy. Is this an admission that the Exiled Tibetan Government now accepts the status quo? Is it willing to settle for a ‘soloution’ that would apply only to the so-called Tibet Autonomous Region, abandoning Tibetans in Amdo and Kham to life within Chinese Provinces? The signs do not provide much encouragement as Tibet’s political leader looks set to maintain efforts to negotiate with communist China, in the hope of securing an improved form of autonomy under Chinese rule. An objective not shared by Tibetans in Tibet, who continue to oppose China’s occupation and demand independence.
A key requirement of China is that the Tibetan leader abandons the idea of a ‘Greater Tibet’ (comprising the three traditional areas of Tibet, Amdo, Kham and U-Tsang) which the Dalai Lama’s proposals insist should form one unified Tibetan region. Beijing is callously intolerant of that concept, it seeks to erode and assimilate Tibetan culture and national idenity, not encourage it by agreeing to the establishment of a single autonomous region including all three Tibetan territories. Should the Dalai Lama continue efforts to seek negotiations with the Chinese Government he will do so in full knowledge that no further talks will be likely without submitting to this demand. This would mean surrendering to China, the regions of Kham and Amdo, a betrayal which would generate seismic divisions and anger among Tibetans, inside and beyond Tibet. Lodi Gyari’s comments, sanctioned and approved by the Tibetan leadership, seem indifferent to such an eventuality.
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