China said here Monday that no concessions would be made on issues concerning the national sovereignty following talks between central government officials and private envoys of the Dalai Lama.
“The unification of the motherland, territorial integrity and the national dignity are the greatest interests of the Chinese people. We will never make a concession,” Zhu Weiqun, executive vice minister of the United Front Work Department (UFWD) of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, told reporters.
Zhu admitted contacts and talks “failed to make progress”. He said the Dalai Lama side should “shoulder full responsibility for that”.
Asked to comment on the reports in which the Dalai Lama said he would not follow a so-called “middle way” if the talks failed, Zhu said the claim of “middle way” aimed at outright Tibetan independence and thus unacceptable to the central government.
This is very bad news. The Chinese government is refusing to ever make a concession for freedom in Tibet. The time for the Middle Path and the Dalai Lama’s pursuit for meaningful autonomy is over. Now, only full fledged advocacy for independence for Tibet will work. It’s time the Chinese government be held accountable for their persistent efforts to stifle talks and wait out the Tibet problem in the hopes that when the Dalai Lama dies, the Tibetan cause will die with him. Their cynical ploy to stymie freedom and human rights for Tibetans must be rejected, for it undercuts all claims to Chinese standing as a respected member of the global community.