Friday, April 25, 2008

What took you so long?

It took them 2 months of unrest, weeks of pressure from world leaders, and a PR disaster of a Olympics torch relay, but finally the Chinese government is making plans to meet with representatives of the Dalai Lama.

China’s state-run media reported that Beijing is going to open a dialogue with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader. There’s nothing “official” yet, but this is a step in the right direction. If nothing else, this is a smart PR move. The Dalai Lama has constantly called for talks and the Chinese government stubborn, almost irrational refusal to do this is part of the reason why the world is so firmly behind the Tibetans.

I don’t know if there will be any results from these talks, but this is a wise move China has made. At the very least, it will lower feelings and tensions against the Beijing Olympic Games which is why I suspect they agree to the talks in the first place. Now the question is why it took them so long to come up with this agreement. If they did this at first, half the problem they faced now would have never happened. Better late than never I guess.

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