Lodi Gyari, of the Tibetan exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, despite not being recognized by China’s Foreign Ministry, still continued a one-week visit to China nevertheless. This is the sixth visit to China by representatives of the Dalai Lama since 2002. The purpose of the visit was to promote a better understanding between both sides in order to find common ground. As in previous visits, the Chinese government has publicly denied that Lodi Gyari is the Dalai Lama's special envoy. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said on Tuesday, "Lodi Gyari is not the so-called special envoy of the Dalai Lama."
The United States hopes that the new round of talks will make progress. According to the State Department, the United States has long supported China and the Dalai Lama and his representatives in the dialogue and hopes that this summit can resolve long-standing differences to make real progress.
However, writer Wang Lixiong believes the talks are largely fruitless, noting "they do not recognize the Tibetans as the Dalai Lama's envoys. With such an insincere attitude, how can you expect substantial results?" The London-based Tibet Information Network reported that the delegation will discuss the Dalai Lama’s plans to come to China on a pilgrimage.
In 1959, the Dalai Lama’s opposition to Chinese rule of Tibet led to rioting and his exile to India. In recent years, the Dalai Lama has given up the fight for an independent Tibet, instead seeking a middle road in discussions. Chinese in China and abroad are calling for a Tibetan resolution before the death of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Dalai Lama.