China says ‘open’ for talks with Dalai Lama to discuss his future but not Tibet

China says ‘open’ for talks with Dalai Lama to discuss his future but not Tibet

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Image Source: AP Dalai Lama speaks from Dharamsala, India, at an online interview hosted by Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021.

China on Wednesday stated it is “open” for talks with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to discuss his “future” however not any issues related to Tibet. Reports from Tokyo said the Dalai Lama while speaking at an online interview hosted by the Tokyo Foreign Correspondents Club on Wednesday stated, “I prefer to stay here in India, peacefully,” applauding the country as a center of spiritual harmony.

The 86-year-old Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader said he has no specific strategies to satisfy with Chinese President Xi Jinping and expressed his wish to go to the Himalayan homeland to meet old friends. He decreased to talk about Xi’s strategies to remain in office for a third five-year term.

“Chinese Communist leaders, they do not understand the range of various cultures. In reality, excessive control will damage people,” stated the Dalai Lama, who lived in India in exile since he left Tibet in 1959 following China’s takeover of the Himalayan region.

Asked for his reaction to the Dalai Lama’s remarks and whether Beijing will allow him to check out China or Tibet, Chinese Foreign Ministry representative Wang Wenbin informed a media briefing here that Beijing is open for discussion with the Tibetan spiritual leader.

“The main government in China, on appealing and talking about concerns with the 14th Dalai Lama, the position corresponds and clear. The door for discussion and engagement is open. I want to stress that the only matter that can be gone over is the future of the Dalai Lama himself and not to do anything with Tibet,” Wang stated.

“What the Dalai Lama should do is to stop secessionist activities and take concrete steps to win the trust of the central federal government and the Chinese people,” he stated.

He also blasted the Tibetan government-in-exile, saying “it is an out and out separatist political group. It is against China’s constitution and laws, it is a prohibited organization. No country on the planet acknowledges it”.

A main white paper launched in May said that any successor to the Dalai Lama ought to be authorized by the Chinese government, dismissing acknowledgment to any heir nominated by him or by his followers.

The Dalai Lama’s succession problem was in the limelight, particularly in the last few years after the US has actually stepped up campaign that the right connecting to the reincarnation of Dalai Lama’s successor should be within the exclusive authority of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan individuals.

The Tibetan Policy and Assistance Act of 2020 (TPSA) passed by the US Congress makes it main United States policy that decisions regarding the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama are solely within the authority of the existing Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhist leaders and the Tibetan individuals.

China, meanwhile, has tightened its control in Tibet.

Last month, China’s judgment Communist Party appointed Wang Junzheng, sanctioned by the United States, Britain, the EU and Canada for his alleged function in the human rights offenses versus Uygur Muslims in Xinjiang, as the head of the celebration system in Tibet.

Wang, 58, became China’s highest-ranking official to be extensively approved over allegations of human rights violations in March, throughout his period as Xinjiang’s deputy party secretary and security chief.

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