A Chinese government spokesman said the government of the PRC was "always" open to dialogue with the Dalai Lama. But the dialogue must be limited to the subject of his successor; a discussion of the “so-called Tibet question” was ruled out.
The Chinese government's response came immediately after a virtual meeting of the Dalai Lama with the Foreign Correspondents' Association in Japan on 10 November. There, when asked if he was planning to meet President Xi Jinping, the Dalai Lama had said that he would like to make a pilgrimage to the holy mountain Wu Tai-Shan in China and could also meet Xi Jinping in Beijing on such a trip.
The Chinese government spokesman, however, emphasized that the Tibetan government in exile is "a secessionist political clique and an illegal organization that violates the Chinese constitution and laws." One can only talk about issues that concern the personal future of the Dalai Lama.
Phayul, November 12, 2021 // dr. Uwe Meya
Photo: Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama