Global Politics

US wants China to speak to Dalai Lama

Very few people ever get the kind of reverence a head of state in exile like the Dalai Lama receives. Congress awarded Dalai Lama their highest civilian honor last year, but Beijing is nervous about the Dalai Lama according to this China analyst. He says the Chinese are victims of their own propaganda and have painted themselves into a corner with the Dalai Lama. He says the Chinese government sees the Dalai Lama as a threat to its natural tradition. They worry about other constituents demanding independence and autonomy as well. Ironically the Dalai Lama may be a great promoter of Chinese national unity says this analyst. The analyst says Beijing doesn't see why they should make a deal with the Dalai Lama, but as protests continue within Tibet, many Tibetans are looking towards the Dalai Lama for a different kind of leadership. But the Dalai Lama is against a boycott of the Olympics and he's against any further violence.

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