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Tibetans 'could increase demands'

October 31, 2008

October 30, 2008

In an interview with the BBC, the Dalai Lama has left open the
possibility that Tibet's government-in-exile could harden its
position towards China.

Up to now, the exiled spiritual leader has followed a "middle way"
approach which seeks autonomy but not full independence for the
disputed region.

But he now says he will ask Tibetan exiles meeting next month to
decide if a new strategy is needed.

Meanwhile two envoys for the Dalai Lama are on their way to Beijing for talks.

Lodi Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen will be in Beijing for about a week,
said the government-in-exile based in the northern Indian hill town
of Dharmsala.

My faith, my trust in Chinese government, now becomes thinner, thinner

Dalai Lama
This will be the eighth round of talks on Tibet's future since 2002,
and in his interview with the BBC the Dalai Lama repeated comments he
made last week suggesting he was losing patience at the lack of progress.

"My faith, my trust in Chinese government, now becomes thinner,
thinner. Unfortunately they always say something, doing something
different," he said.

When asked whether he was losing hope that talks could bring benefits
for his cause, he agreed.

Frustration builds

Many Tibetans are growing increasingly frustrated at the lack of
results arising from the Dalai Lama's "middle way" approach, says the
BBC's Damian Grammaticas in Delhi.

In March, peaceful demonstrations in Lhasa against Chinese rule
exploded into violence, and were followed by a Chinese crackdown in
Tibetan areas, in which Tibetans claim dozens were killed.

The Dalai Lama has not given up on his strategy yet, our
correspondent says, as shown by the decision to send envoys to engage
in new talks in Beijing. Any change of policy would enrage Beijing
and is unlikely to happen soon.

But the Dalai Lama - who fled Tibet in 1959 after a failed uprising
against Chinese rule - has now opened the possibility that the policy
could change at a meeting of Tibetan exile groups next month.

"Now I hand over direct responsibility to the people, concerned
people," he told the BBC.
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