Before the Olympics, the Chinese leadership agreed to sit down with representatives of Tibet’s government in exile to try to work out their differences. Now, word comes that the Dalai Lama himself feels the talks have reached a dead end. That’s frustrating to all who hope for better relations between China and Tibetans – and considering how much it became an issue in this Olympic year, with protests in Tibet that led to some calling for a boycott of the Olympics, it’s doubly difficult to swallow. We hope the Olympics are a catalyst for positive change in the world; it would have been gratifying to see the Chinese leadership try to figure out how to solve its differences with the Dalai Lama so that the cultures could coexist peacefully.
As I said…frustrating.