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Tibetans 'could increase demands'

November 5, 2008

November 3, 2008 (BBC) -- 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.

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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