May 25 (The China Post/by Frank Ching): There are many reasons for Beijing to talk to the Dalai Lama, who enjoys such reverence among Tibetans and who is already 75 years old. A successor is unlikely to command such respect and support. More importantly, a successor may not be committed to maintaining Tibet as part of China while asking for autonomy and the preservation of Tibetan culture.
Time is running out, not only for the Dalai Lama but for Beijing to reach an accord with him while he is still in a position to secure the support of Tibetans for any agreement that may be reached.
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