I have mixed feelings about this. Mainly because the suppressed realist in me knows the futility of his cause in dealing with China. Honestly, does anyone in the world (outside of China) really think he could be a threat? It's ridiculous. I love that he won this award, the pictures just put a huge smile on my face. But I worry. I worry about the repercussions to the people in Tibet. There has recently already been a huge round of Anti-Dalai Lama campaigns in Tibet and this, I fear, will just make it worse. It is a double edged sword. The Dalai Lama receiving this award, just like visiting Germany last month, are huge steps for the Tibetan cause and are showing that, little by little, more things are being done to help. Or at least showing that we aren't so afraid of China. But, I know enough about China that they don't take outside interference nicely, and even if the threats against U.S.-China diplomatic relations are just empty threats, the things that will go on inside Tibet will be completely real.
Exile Tibetan Government insists China to adopt sincere approach to Tibet issue
That's the real kick isn't it. China just pisses me off sometimes. I guess they are just playing the role of a authoritarian state. Pretend that things are going great, make it look like you are 'talking' but really not doing anything. It's just stalling, why open up talks at all? To get international pressure off their backs while they wait for the Dalai Lama to die. Which will open a whole other can of worms, don't get me started on what I think will happen then. Beijing just pisses me off. This is the problem I had with the Conflict Analysis paper I just wrote over the issue. She wanted us to come up with a solution, which I didn't. You know the only thing I could think of
Why can't we all just get along?
Some more links
Resolve Tibet issue: Dalai Lama
Burma and Tibet: The world's double standards
Wow, it's like an article on the discussions I've been having with people for the past few weeks. (If you only read one of the articles, you should read this one)
And just for kicks Tibet officials "furious" at Dalai Lama's U.S. award
"If the Dalai Lama can receive such an award, there must be no justice or good people in the world."
I'm sorry, I find that comment extremely hilarious (in a not funny way -_-)
On another note, I won't really go into it, here is a response from Taiwan to China's comment about reunifying (or whatever they want to call it).
Chinese President Hu Jintao on Monday offered talks on a formal peace accord with Taiwan, but Taiwan rejected the call, saying it is an independent country whose future must be decided by the Taiwan people. "We cannot discuss peaceful reunification with a regime that suppresses Tibet, shoots its own people and backs Myanmar's military government," Government Information Office Minister Shieh Jhy-wey told reporters.
"Taiwan's founding principles are human rights and democracy. If Hu Jintao really places hope on the Taiwan people, as he said, he should listen to the Taiwan people's voice. Although the Chinese Communist Party rules China, it does not represent the Chinese people," Shieh said.