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Tibetan envoy claims direct contact with Beijing
AFAR
9/29/2002

Lodi Gyari, special envoy of the Dalai Lama, said that his 3-week visit to China has established direct contact with Beijing, and the prospect for future talks seems optimistic.

Some Tibetans and longtime human rights watchdogs, however, are suspicious of Beijing’s motive for showing such flexibility, particularly in light of the upcoming US visit by China’s President Jiang Zemin in late October. Beijing’s warm reception of Lodi Gyari, as many suspect, is a public relations gesture for the international community, and it might also silence the usual Tibetan protests during Jiang’s North American trip. One Tibetan asked, “If Beijing is genuine about warming up with Tibet, why not report Lodi Gyari’s visit in its press?”

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