Tibet’s exiled leaders have agreed to continue with the Dalai Lama’s softly-softly approach to China, despite few signs of progress in talks with Beijing.
The Dalai Lama’s ‘Middle Way’ abandons the dream of independence for Tibet, in return for greater autonomy within China. Tibet’s spiritual leader is preparing his followers for his gradual retirement, but some younger exiles are becoming impatient and say his way has failed.
“We will not sent envoys for further contact,” said Tibetan exile Dolma Gyari. “If China does not respond positively to our initiatives, there is no other option left for us than to go for complete independence.”