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Title: The Tibet question in post-summit Sino-American relations
Authors: Sautman, Barry
Keywords: Dalai Lama
Sino-US relations
United States of America
Foreign relation
Issue Date: 18-Aug-1998
Series/Report no.: Working Papers in the Social Sciences ; No. 42
Abstract: The recent intense US interest in the Tibet Question arises largely from the successful politicization by the Tibetan exiles and their Western supporters of popular American fascination with Tibetan Buddhism and culture. A almost uniform support for the Dalai Lama’s political position within the US Congress and mass media has been reflected in US Administration Tibet policy in the 1990s. This one-sided approach has produced an unremitting hostility by the PRC government toward foreign and, particularly US, involvement in PRC/Tibet exile affairs. At the same time that “Tibet fever” crests in the US, however, the centrality of China in US foreign policy has recently caused the US to incrementally move toward a more balanced view. The period of the two US/China presidential summits has also seen indications of a new willingness by PRC leaders to allow for indirect American involvement in reaching an accommodation that will allow for PRC/exile negotiations.
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