“Make efforts to resume dialogue, Katri tells Envoys”

This is pretty funny, in context:

In a press statement following the first meeting of the members of the Task Force on Negotiations since His Holiness the Dalai Lama devolved his political authorities to the elected Tibetan leadership, Kalon Tripa Dr Lobsang Sangay said he is pushing for earliest possible resumption of the dialogue process with the People’s Republic of China.

“I wish to reiterate my firm commitment in finding a mutually acceptable solution in the spirit of the Middle-Way Approach. I have therefore asked the two envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to make efforts to resume the dialogue at the earliest convenience,” Dr Sangay said.

Ahahaha, clever guy. Why is this funny? Beijing has been meeting with the Dalai Lama’s envoys for years, but has said it does so solely because they’re representatives of the Dalai Lama, and that their position with the exile Central Tibetan Administration is irrelevant. Now that the Dalai Lama is no longer head of the CTA, though, Mr. Sangay is publicly involving himself with the envoys- implying that they do in fact answer to him on some level due to his position as Kalon Tripa. What is Beijing going to do- call off the talks and admit that it’s spent a decade negotiating with an entity it insists has no legitimacy, or keep going now that the envoys seem to be concretely linked to both the Dalai Lama AND the CTA? Hu and company will probably figure out some stupid thing to do, but at least on a logical level this was a pretty funny move by Mr. Sangay.


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