ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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For a 'Harmonious Resolution' of the Tibetan Question

China's articulation of the two concepts of "harmonious society" and "harmonious world" opens up vistas to engage with the Dalai Lama's "middle way" solution to the Tibetan question. A "harmonious settlement" between China and the Dalai Lama is possible and feasible, despite the irritants that have persisted.

I n recent years, Chinas leadership has articulated two concepts of enormous importance to the entire world. These are its visions, respectively, of a harmonious society and of a harmonious world. Yet, in the eyes of many people in the world, there appears a dissonance when these noble ideas are juxtaposed with the Tibetan question, and its current status. Is there a way in which the Dalai Lamas middle way solution can be constructively integrated with Chinas position on Tibet? Can Chinas interests be safeguarded, while at the same time ensuring that Tibetans enjoy the full virtues of a harmonious society? This paper examines these questions, and indicates the contours of a harmonious settlement that will benefit China as well as the Tibetan people, and which seems both possible and feasible.

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