Bharata Bharati

Claude ApriWhat is meant by “more development” for Tibet? For the Tibetans, it would probably translate into more Han Chinese migrating to Tibet in order to build and maintain new roads, airports, railway lines and cities. But it could mean a problem for India as all these developments will have a dual use, civil and military. – Claude Arpi

Tibet and the Dalai Lama have recently been in the news. Does this mean that the Tibet issue is moving towards a solution? Probably not!

On November 23, the Dalai Lama affirmed in Kolkata: “Tibet does not seek independence from China but wants greater development.” While saying that China must respect the Tibetan culture and heritage, he added: “The past is past. We will have to look into the future. We want to stay with China. We want more development.”

“Development” did not come up when the Tibetan spiritual leader met former…

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