Statement by Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama,
Kasur Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari
Envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen and I accompanied by senior aides
Sonam N. Dagpo, Bhuchung K. Tsering, both members of the Task
Force on Sino-Tibetan Negotiations, and Jigmey Passang from the
Secretariat of the Tibetan Task Force, visited Beijing from June
30 to July 3, 2008. We met with Du Qinglin, Vice Chairman of the Chinese People's
Political Consultative Conference and Minister of the Central
United Front Work Department, on July 1, 2008. This was our
first meeting with Minister Du who had taken over the present
post after the 17th Party Congress. He gave us a brief overview
of China's domestic and international situation as well as on
China's policy on Tibet. We took the opportunity to explain His
Holiness the Dalai Lama's basic approach in resolving the issue
of Tibet and also expressed our heartfelt condolences to the
victims of the earthquake in Sichuan.
We visited the China's Centre for Tibetan Studies and were
received by Director Lhakpa Phuntsok and Deputy Director Zhu
Xiaoming. We had a good discussion with the scholars who briefed
us about their research projects. We appreciated the work of the
scholars in various fields and had the opportunity to emphasize
the importance of scholars engaging in unbiased and independent
research on issues such as the history of Tibet, which will
contribute to a better understanding of the different
We had a day-long discussion with Executive Vice Minister Zhu
Weiqun and Vice Minister Sithar on July 2, 2008.
This meeting took place at a crucial time in our relationship.
The recent events in Tibet clearly demonstrated the Tibetan
people's genuine and deep-rooted discontentment with the
People's Republic of China's policies. The urgent need for
serious and sincere efforts to address this issue with courage
and vision in the interest of stability, unity and harmony of
all nationalities of the PRC is obvious. In addition even though
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is seeking a solution to the issue
of Tibet within the PRC, it is a fact that it has become an
issue of great international concern. In this context, we had
hoped that the Chinese leadership would reciprocate our efforts
by taking tangible steps during this round. On the contrary, due
to their excessive concern about legitimacy the Chinese side
even failed to agree to our proposal of issuing a joint
statement with the aim of committing both parties to the
While the Chinese side finally seems to have realized that
their allegations against His Holiness for instigating the
recent events in Tibet and in sabotaging the Olympics Games have
become untenable, they are now urging His Holiness not to
support violence, terrorism, and sabotaging the Olympics. We
stated in the strongest possible terms that no one needs to urge
us on this as His Holiness and the Tibetan struggle are
universally acknowledged and appreciated for consistently
rejecting and opposing such acts. While the Tibetan Youth
Congress does not support the Middle Way Approach of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama and stands for independence of Tibet, we
categorically rejected the Chinese attempt to label it as a
violent and terrorist organization. His Holiness has repeatedly
and clearly stated publicly he is not seeking separation and
independence of Tibet.
Throughout our talks we have reiterated to our counterparts
that the issue at hand is the welfare of the Tibetan people and
is not about the personal status and affairs of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama or that of the Tibetans in exile.
In the course of our discussions we were compelled to
candidly convey to our counterparts that in the absence of
serious and sincere commitment on their part the continuation of
the present dialogue process would serve no purpose.
The Chinese side expressed the view that the dialogue process
has been productive and that we need to keep in mind that a
half-a-century-old issue of great complexity, cannot be resolved
in a matter of years.
Guided by the Tibetan leadership's policy of engagement, we
agreed with our counterparts to have the next round of
discussions in October and discussed some points that could
serve as the basis of the agenda.
We briefed His Holiness the Dalai Lama today. We also briefed
Speaker Karma Chophel and the Deputy Speaker Dolma Gyari this
morning. On our arrival in Dharamsala on July 4 we briefed Kalon
Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche.
We thank our host the Central United Front Work Department of
the Chinese Communist Party for its hospitality and assistance.
Dharamsala, July 5, 2008