New Developments in Relations Between China and the Dalai Lama

While studying at Emory University, Maral Cavner traveled to India and Washington, D.C., as an intern with the International Campaign for Tibet. After she returned to Georgia, Maral Cavner became vice president of Emory University’s chapter of Machik, which provides financial support for education in Tibet.


In the first days of 2015, reports from Tibet and elsewhere in the Far East suggested that there had been an exchange of emissaries between authorities in Beijing and the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader. Although this activity has not yet resulted in any change of policy in regard to the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), both Chinese leaders and the Dalai Lama have become noticeably gentler in the way they refer to one another. The Dalai Lama, for example, has described the Chinese government as “softer” and the nation’s president as having more “realistic” views.

The Dalai Lama has suggested as well that China brought up the possibility of a visit by him, and other authorities have urged that talks resume so as to reestablish cordial relations. The United States has issued a statement saying that it supports Tibet-China dialogue aimed at peacefully resolving their differences.