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"Canada can, within a positive friendly atmosphere, ask the Chinese government to resolve the Tibetan situation."

Mediating on Tibet Through Culture

June 7, 2008

Sky Canaves
The Wall Street Journal
June 6, 2008

In today's WSJ, Gordon Fairclough and Jason Leow look at the
crackdown on dissent in Tibetan parts of China, with mass detentions,
searches and increased surveillance used to quash potential
demonstrations that would express dissatisfaction with Beijing.
Meanwhile, China's state news media reports on last month's arrests
of 16 monks alleged to be involved in bomb attacks, and talks between
the Chinese government and representatives of the Dalai Lama may be
suspended yet again.

Given the bleak situation, a U.S. nonprofit group is taking steps to
mediate between China, Tibet and the Dalai Lama's exiled government.
The Louise Blouin Foundation, established in 2004 by the media
entrepreneur Louise Blouin MacBain to promote global culture and
creativity, has entered an agreement with the Chinese government to
create a fund focused on cultural conservation in Tibet "with an
understanding of the concerns regarding the cultural protection"
expressed by the Dalai Lama, the organization said in a statement.

The Chinese government will contribute $70 million to the fund over
the next five years for cultural projects in Tibet such as monastery
conservation, artistic productions and arts education. The Louise
Blouin Foundation will also invite the Dalai Lama and his exiled
government to play a role in the fund's oversight. MacBain plans to
meet with the Dalai Lama's American representative later this month,
where she hopes to dissuade his government from seeking political
independence for the Tibetan areas of China.

"Asking for political independence in a territory that is 25% to 30%
of all of China "that's impossible," says MacBain, who visited
Beijing and Lhasa with Chinese officials last month. "Let's try to
work on something [whose] probability is higher– he can come back and
have a spiritual role."

"We're asking his holiness not to ask for political independence in
the future but instead the spiritual and cultural," she says. "Our
goal is to help the Tibetan culture around the world [and] we want to
help with the Chinese government on the Tibet issue, because it's not
very healthy for geo-economics or geopolitics when you have negative
relations between China and other countries."
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