September 19th, 2009 14:49 EST
China agrees to meet with a representative of the Dalai Lama
According to an official declaration, the Chinese government has agreed to meet a representative of the Dalai Lama in the near future.
During Friday`s meeting of European Union committee president JosÃ© Manuel Barroso with the Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao in Beijing, the Tibet issue played an significant role. Wen confirmed that the Chinese government is planning a meeting with a representative of the Dalai Lama.
In the prospective meeting, China plans to convince the supporters of the Dalai Lama to stop protesting against the Olympic Games. This conversation is a fundamental step that might lead to negotiations between China and Tibet, concerning Tibet`s future.
Ever since the Tibetian protest against Beijing`s rule in Tibet in March 2008, that ended in bloodshed, China stood under immense pressure of the United States, as well as the European Union.
There have already been six unsuccessful attempts of negotiations between China`s and Dalai Lama`s representatives.
In the past, China was willing to engage in discussions with the Dalai Lama, under the condition that he recognized Tibet as part of China. However, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, who seeks autonomy for Tibet, always refused to see Tibet as part of China.
Chinese Prime Minister Wen commented on the future meeting as being a meeting at a very important time.