Congressional-Executive Commission on China 2018 Annual Report – Tibet

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Tibet
Status of Negotiations Between the Chinese Government and the Dalai Lama or His Representatives

There has been no formal dialogue between the Dalai Lama’s representatives and Chinese Communist Party and government officials since the ninth round of dialogue was held in January 2010.1 In its 2017 Report on Tibet Negotiations, the U.S. State Department reiterated the policy of the U.S. Government ‘‘to encourage meaningful and direct dialogue between Chinese authorities and the Dalai Lama or his representatives, without preconditions, to lead to a settlement that resolves differences.’’ 2 In keeping with the Chinese government’s longstanding policy, 3 executive deputy head of the Party’s United Front Work Department Zhang Yijiong stated on October 21, 2017, that the Chinese government opposes meetings between foreign officials and the Dalai Lama, calling him ‘‘a leader of a separatist group that is engaging in separatist activities.’’4 At a November 23, 2017, meeting of the Indian Chamber of Commerce in Kolkata, the Dalai Lama reaffirmed the Middle Way Approach of seeking autonomy for Tibet within the People’s Republic of China, 5 stating that the Tibetan people ‘‘are not seeking independence’’ and that they ‘‘want to stay with China.’’6 On April 3, 2018, Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) President Lobsang Sangay stated that ‘‘back channel talks’’ continue between the Chinese government and the CTA.7

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