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Beijing's Sovereignty Ruse Blocks Tibet Negotiation

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The proposal for genuine autonomy is perhaps the biggest challenge yet from a minority nationality to Beijing in implementing the rights and freedoms enshrined in Chinese constitution. The reasonableness of the proposal is evident in the kind of reactions and responses it engenders among the Chinese leadership. Without stating their reservations in concrete and logical terms, it rejected the Tibetan demands outright for threatening PRC's sovereignty and territorial integrity blocking in a few words the path to a meaningful negotiation on Tibet. Beijing knows going into the heart of the matter raised by the proposal would open the Pandora's Box in Tibet. Thus, rejecting Tibetan peace overtures with the broad strokes of sovereignty excuse provides the shortest escape route. When faced with questions it cannot and will not answer, China thinks this phrasal ruse does the trick. Still, if China really wants to settle the Tibet issue without losing face, His Holiness the Dalai Lama is their best bet.

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Tsering Tsomo is a Tibetan journalist based in New Delhi, India. She writes for exile Tibetan publications and other online media.
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