The new Kashag (Cabinet) of His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that the Strasbourg Proposal is no longer binding. While addressing a public meeting on September 2, 1991 in Dharamsala, India, on the occasion of the Tibetan Democracy Day, the The Chairman of the Kashag, Kalon Gyalo Thondup, said: "Ever since direct contact was made between Dharamsala and Beijing in 1979, His Holiness the Dalai Lama took a number of initiatives to find a negotiated solution to the Tibetan issue. Two high-level delegations were sent to Beijing in 1982 and 1984 to have exploratory talks with the Chinese leaders. In September 1987, His Holiness put forward a five-point peace plan, and a yea later, in June 1988, His Holiness presented a more detailed proposal for negotiations with the Chinese government in an address in Strasbourg. ..Read more
EU AND TIBET
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Strasbourg Proposal No Longer Binding 1991
11th EU-CHINA SUMMIT: A REVIVED EU POLICY ON TIBET
China abruptly cancelled the 11th EU-China Summit and the 5th EU-China Business Summit just before December 1, citing the decision of then EU President Nicolas Sarkozy to meet the Dalai Lama in Poland a few days later. To underscore China’s dissatisfaction with France, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao a few weeks later declined to visit Paris during his European mission to Germany, Spain, Brussels and the UK.
The lack of cohesion among European member states on the issue of Tibet and conflicting national approaches, especially on protocols for meeting with the Dalai Lama, has left some states more vulnerable as targets for Chinese government pressure. 2
Recently, the Chinese government has stepped up efforts to block meetings between the Dalai Lama and national political figures, as illustrated again by the recent pressure against the Dutch Parliament in relation to planning for the June 2009 visit of the Dalai Lama.3 By threatening reprisals against EU countries whose leaders welcome or meet with the Dalai Lama, the Chinese government undermines its own position against interference in the “internal affairs” of another state.
After Beijing’s rejection of the Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy presented by the Tibetan side during the last round of dialogue in November 2008 as “disguised independence,” the Chinese government has stepped up its anti-Dalai Lama campaign in China and abroad. Chinese diplomats and other spokespeople not only continue to allege that the Dalai Lama seeks to “split the motherland,” but they additionally claim that his vision of a future Tibet includes the expulsion of non-Tibetans and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) from a fourth of China. ..Read more
Memorandum on the Call for an EU Special Coordinator for Tibetan Affairs
by Kelsang Gyaltsen, Envoy of H. H. the Dalai Lama, February 2012
The Tibetan struggle: A case of exemplary non-violent struggle for freedom
For over five decades, under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan freedom struggle has remained strictly non-violent. After the devolution of his political authority to the democratically elected leaders of the Central Tibetan Administration, the Tibetan political leadership in exile has made clear that it will continue to abide by the path of non-violence and not seek separation from China or independence for Tibet. The Central Tibetan Administration will continue to strive for genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people within the framework of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) through dialogue and negotiations. Thus, the Tibetan freedom struggle is not only an exemplary non-violent movement but is also a model for political moderation, democracy and the spirit of dialogue and reconciliation.
Tibetan resistance in Tibet remains strong
In March 2008, the third generation of Tibetans, born and grown up under Chinese Communist rule, rose up against the oppressive Chinese rule. Tibetans from all walks of life and across the entire Tibetan plateau demonstrated against the oppressive and discriminatory policies of the Chinese authorities in Tibet. With full awareness of the imminent danger to their lives, young and old, men and women, monastic and lay people, believer and non-believers, including students, came together to spontaneously express their anguish, dissatisfaction and genuine grievances at the policies of the Chinese government.