Tibetans Push Lama Toward Harder Stance on China

Even leader sees that time's running out on non-confrontational 'middle way'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2008 1:07 PM CST
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama addresses a press conference in Dharmsala, India, yesterday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Tibetans still support the Dalai Lama’s “middle way” policy of negotiating for greater autonomy under Chinese rule, the Christian Science Monitor reports, but a conference of Tibetan exiles that ended today in India revealed many are growing impatient with Beijing’s endless foot-dragging. Members of the conference said there was a limit to their support for the middle way.

If talking doesn’t produce results soon, many Tibetans said they want to switch the policy to a “demand for self-determination,” said the speaker of the Tibetan government in exile, signaling popular support for the Dalai Lama to take a tougher stance. And he may be warming to the idea, saying yesterday his “trust in Chinese officials has become thinner and thinner.”