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"India Has Been Over-Cautious With Regard To China And Tibet"

The Tibetan cause has assumed new proportions in the world, particularly in the US, which has seen a surge in the support for the Dalai Lama and his movement much to the chagrin of the Chinese government. The app -ointment of Gregory Craig as special

"India Has Been Over-Cautious With Regard To China And Tibet"
"India Has Been Over-Cautious With Regard To China And Tibet"
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Will you meet Gregory Craig?

I am going to Delhi. But my trip was finalised long before Craig's appointment. However, I will meet Craig, though the dates or details have not yet been finalised.

What are your expectations? Is this appointment American tokenism or part of a political process which will see more US intervention?

( Long pause ) It's a long history. I made up my mind around 1973 that sooner or later I would have to talk to the Chinese government. Then, obviously, the question of complete independence for Tibet would be difficult. Also, China's economic development has been fast and it is becoming clear that Tibet will get material benefits from joining it. So my middle-way approach took shape. When in late '78 and early '79 China wanted to contact us, we responded promptly. Since then, the Chinese government's attitude has become harsh and conditions within Tibet worse.

So, I have been appealing to the international community to step in and help us. To pursue China and bring them to the negotiating table. Many countries...

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