Friday, March 5, 2010

China admits the existence of 'Greater Tibet'?

This could be a great change in Beijing's policy towards Tibet. The leadership always said that the Dalai Lama is a splittist because he speaks of a 'Greater Tibet'. Now they themselves admit the existence of "Tibetan ethnic areas in Sichuan, Yunnan, Gansu and Qinghai provinces". 
Where is the difference? 
The so-called Greater Tibet (or historic Tibet) comprises these areas today incorporated in Sichuan, Yunnan, Gansu and Qinghai provinces.
Is it a step forward in the talks? Not sure. 
A few days ago, former Chinese Foreign Minister, Li Zhaoxing declared "Why did the Dalai Lama propose a 'Greater Tibet' and keep the 'government-in-exile' with a so-called constitution while claiming he is not in support of 'Tibet independence'?", thereby linking Greater Tibet to Independence.

Jia Qinglin: CPPCC will strive to achieve leapfrog development in Tibet
March 04, 2010 
Source:China Tibet Information Center
CPPCC National Committee Chairman Jia Qinglin said the CPPCC will conscientiously implement the guiding principles of the central leadership's Fifth Forum on Tibet Work, and strive to achieve a leapfrog development and lasting stability in Tibet and Tibetan ethnic areas in Sichuan, Yunnan, Gansu and Qinghai provinces.
Jia said at the Third Session of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) held in Beijing Wednesday when delivering a report on the work of the CPPCC National Committee's Standing Committee over the past year.
Jia said the CPPCC earnestly implemented the Party's ethnic and religious policies, and energetically promoted ethnic unity and religious harmony over the past year.

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