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Resumption of Talks is Key for Tibet Problem: Indian daily

July 15, 2013 : DHARAMSHALA: A leading Indian newspaper has underscored that China can ensure peace and stability in Tibet only through resumption of the stalled talks with the Tibetan leadership and accept the Dalai Lama’s moral presence among the Tibetans.

In an editorial entitled “Fighting Fear” on Monday, The Telegraph said “Beijing’s policy on Tibet relies so heavily on State violence because it is driven by fear.”

“One, for all its repressive measures, the Chinese State is powerless to impose its will on Tibet. Second and more significant, large numbers of Tibetans defy the State’s instruments of fear. This defiance often leads to tragic results — nearly 120 Tibetans have immolated themselves since 2009 to protest against China’s rule in Tibet,” the editorial said.

“Nothing exposes the failure of the State policy as much as the defiance and deaths in Tibet,” it said adding, that the “Chinese government’s response to Tibetan tragedies are both belligerent and hollow.”

The editorial underlined that “the more hardened Beijing’s policy on Tibet is, the more futile it proves to be.”

“The Dalai Lama’s influence seems to deepen, rather than lessen, as harsher measures are unleashed on the Tibetans in China,” it said.

It further said that peace and stability in Tibet would continue to elude Beijing until it learns to accept the Dalai Lama’s moral presence among the Tibetans.

“What Beijing does in Tibet largely determines how the world views China. Ethnic minorities in Tibet and Xinjiang test China’s skills in handling dissent and religious freedom,” the editorial said.

“The only way Beijing can redeem its record in Tibet is by returning to the talks,” it said.

Dr Lobsang Sangay, the democratically-elected leader and political successor to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, has reiterated that Dharamsala is ready to engage in meaningful dialogue with Beijing anywhere and at anytime. (CTA committed to pursue Middle-Way Approach)

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