25 January 2010

More on Tibet and China

I've blogged extensively about China and the Dalai Lama, and so I'm happy to see that negotiations are taking place between the two sides. While it is obvious that China holds all the cards from any state-centric viewpoint, it is also obvious at this point that China can't just bully its rebellious provinces into submission anymore, and once the Dalai Lama is gone they will not have anyone to negotiate with on Tibet.

It's possible (probably likely?) that nothing will come of this. But I'm still glad to see that there is some diplomacy and talking going on. Moreover, China has already shown a willingness to allow a good deal of autonomy for some areas (Hong Kong, Macau) and has promised it to others (Taiwan). It'll be interesting to see how it plays out.

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