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The only way to solve the Tibetan issue is through direct dialogue.

But despite the Tibetan people’s readiness to negotiate, the Chinese government has refused to take part in talks for more than a decade.

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The last round of dialogue between Chinese officials and the envoys of the Dalai Lama took place in China in January 2010. Although the Chinese side continued to make baseless allegations against the Dalai Lama, Lodi Gyari, the lead Tibetan negotiator, later said, “We do not see any reason why we cannot find a common ground … if the Chinese leadership has the sincerity and the political will to move forward.”

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Throughout the decades, Tibetans have shown a remarkable commitment to peaceful engagement with their Chinese oppressors. Even though China has made Tibet the least-free country on Earth (tied with Syria), Tibetans have remained overwhelmingly nonviolent since China’s occupation of Tibet began more than 60 years ago.

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Tibetans have also shown an openness to compromise. Although Tibet was never part of China historically, the Dalai Lama’s Middle Way Approach to resolving the Tibetan issue would forgo independence for Tibet in exchange for meaningful autonomy for Tibetans.

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The US government supports dialogue between Chinese and Tibetan leaders. The bipartisan Tibetan Policy and Support Act strengthens US efforts to push China to negotiate, and President Biden promised during his campaign to work with American allies on pressing Beijing to reenter direct dialogue.

It’s past time for China to return to the negotiating table. We must pressure the Chinese government to resume the dialogue process now.

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The only way to solve the Tibetan issue is through direct dialogue.

But despite the Tibetan people’s readiness to negotiate, the Chinese government has refused to take part in talks for more than a decade.

The last round of dialogue between Chinese officials and the envoys of the Dalai Lama took place in China in January 2010. Although the Chinese side continued to make baseless allegations against the Dalai Lama, Lodi Gyari, the lead Tibetan negotiator, later said, “We do not see any reason why we cannot find a common ground … if the Chinese leadership has the sincerity and the political will to move forward.”

Throughout the decades, Tibetans have shown a remarkable commitment to peaceful engagement with their Chinese oppressors. Even though China has made Tibet the least-free country on Earth (tied with Syria), Tibetans have remained overwhelmingly nonviolent since China’s occupation of Tibet began more than 60 years ago.

Tibetans have also shown an openness to compromise. Although Tibet was never part of China historically, the Dalai Lama’s Middle Way Approach to resolving the Tibetan issue would forgo independence for Tibet in exchange for meaningful autonomy for Tibetans.

The US government supports dialogue between Chinese and Tibetan leaders. The bipartisan Tibetan Policy and Support Act strengthens US efforts to push China to negotiate, and President Biden promised during his campaign to work with American allies on pressing Beijing to reenter direct dialogue.

It’s past time for China to return to the negotiating table. We must pressure the Chinese government to resume the dialogue process now.

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