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[13. May 2011] BBC China appears to have ruled out talks with the Tibetan Government-in-Exile's new prime minister, Lobsang Sangay. A top Chinese official dealing with Tibetan contacts said Beijing would only meet with representatives of the Dalai Lama. In an interview with state media, Zhu Weiqun said the exile government was an illegal group with no recognition. Sangay was elected by Tibetan exiles around the world last month to take on the Dalai Lama's political role. The Dalai Lama said in March that he wanted to devolve this responsibility to an elected official, saying that such a move was in the best interests of the Tibetan people. Analysts say he aims to ensure that even if China's government tries to select the next Dalai Lama, the Tibetans will have an elected leader they can look to who is outside China and beyond the Communist Party's control. Sangay, a Harvard University academic, said in a recent interview that he was ready to negotiate with China "anytime, anywhere". Read more

[11. May 2011] ABC US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has denounced China's clampdown on dissent as a "fool's errand," saying Beijing is trying to stop the course of history. The remarks, some of the strongest by a senior US official since China launched a major crackdown earlier this year, came as Clinton was meeting with senior leaders from Beijing as part of the two nations' annual dialogue. "They're worried and they are trying to stop history, which is a fool''s errand," Ms Clinton told The Atlantic magazine. "They cannot do it. But they're going to hold it off as long as possible." Chinese authorities, apparently spooked by the wave of pro-democracy uprisings sweeping the Middle East, have detained dozens of lawyers, artists and other perceived critics in recent weeks. Read more

[10. May 2011] Sydney Morning Herald When Chinese leaders look to the past for clues to the future they fix on communist China's former patron, brother and nemesis, the Soviet Union. In September 2009 the former president Jiang Zemin gathered China's leading Soviet historians for a tutorial at Zhongnanhai, the leadership compound. The intriguing thing about Jiang's history lessons is that China's leaders appear to have gone so far out of their way to ignore them since. They have reverted to conspiratorial foreign policy; declared war on civil society and, perhaps most unsustainably, pushed back against the market economy. In short, the Chinese Communist Party has been busily rediscovering its Soviet DNA. Read more

Dalai Lama Receives Amnesty Award

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Monday, 09 May 2011

[5. May 2011] The Tibet Post The Dalai Lama received the inaugural edition of a "Shine a Light on Human Rights" award from Amnesty International in Long Beach, California, on 4 May. On accepting the reward, the Dalai Lama said, "I am just a single monk; no more, no less," later telling the Amnesty volunteers and human rights advocates, "Your work is good. Please continue". Amnesty International's US executive director Larry Cox said the award honoured the fact that he has "tirelessly and peacefully defended the rights of people everywhere" for over 50 years. Coinciding with the Dalai Lama receiving the first-of-its-kind award, this month also marks the 50th anniversary of the human rights organisation's own founding. Read more

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