April 12, 2008
I do not recall a political issue in which the misperceptions were so diametrically opposed. Even allowing for deliberate ‘misunderstandings’ inside China and in the West, The Chinese and Westerners see Tibet and the Dalai Lama totally differently. This makes finding a solution that much more difficult.
Every effort must be made to diffuse the current situation, which is in no-one’s long term interests – and that includes Tibet, China and the West.
In 10 days or so, José Manuel Barrroso leads the largest team of Commissioners so far asssembled, on a visit to Beijing to launch the new EU-China strategic economic and trade dialogue. This is a timely moment for the EU to play a leadership role when talking to the Hu Hintao and wen Jiabao.Author : Stanley Crossick