March 20, 2008
I commend you to read the briefing on Tibet in today’s ‘The Economist’. The briefing has been written by James Miles, its Beijing correspondent, who happened to be there and was allowed to stay from 12 to 19 March.
Nowhere are European and Chinese misperceptions further apart than over the Dalai Lama and Tibet. It is in everyone’s interests that peace be restored and in no-one’s long term interests that the Olympic Games be seriously disrupted or boycotted. The world financial, economic and political situation is precarious enough without being exacerbated by destabilization in China.
Ascertaining the facts is very difficult indeed. How can you reconcile the Chinese view that the “Dalai Lama clique” organised the riots and the Dalai’s denial coupled with an accusation that the Chinese are carrying out “cultural genocide” ?
How very fortunate it is to have the benefit of a briefing from someone on the spot who belongs to what factually is the only English language periodical ‘of record’.Author : Stanley Crossick