China calls Dalai Lama stepdown “a trick”

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March 10, 2011
The Christian Science Monitor    
Posted in PND News

"The Dalai Lama announced Thursday he would step down from the political leadership of Tibetans in exile, saying he would hand his temporal authority over Tibetan affairs to an elected leader. While the decision reflects his longstanding desire to retire from politics, some observers wondered how meaningful such a move would be. It also casts new doubt about the future of stalled talks between Beijing and the Tibetan exile government. 'The Dalai Lama is just too towering a figure to retire from a political role,' says Tim Johnson, a journalist and author who specializes in Tibet. 'The struggle for greater freedom for Tibetans is embodied in his persona.'" (03/10/11)

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