n.18 February 2008


Beijing fears a breakup.  If it makes concessions in Tibet, other ethnic groups such as the Uyghurs and the Mongols may use the situation as a precedent for basing their claims. Thus, China is stalling for time in the hope that a new Dalai Lama who easier to handle will soon appear.

Joseph Zen Ze-Kiun, the first Chinese cleric to be raised to the dignity of Cardinal, agrees that difficult, delicate, indirect negotiations are in progress between Beijing and the Vatican.