Mar. 21 (Foreign Policy/by Robert Barnett): Despite anxiety among Tibetans, Dalai Lama’s determination to introduce democracy to the Tibetan government in exile will increase his standing among Tibetans remaining within China. It will also remind them that China’s leaders have done nothing to devolve the absolute power of the Communist Party despite constitutional promises of “multi-party cooperation.”
The Dalai Lama’s new proposals may increase anxieties about the future among some Tibetans. should also make it easier for Beijing to open negotiations with him or his government. Beijing may soon find itself under increased pressure to consider serious talks with the Dalai Lama (if not with the Tibetan government) and grapple at last with the situation in Tibet.
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