Vijay Kranti, a Sino-Indian analyst and journalist, told RFA’s Tibetan Service the meeting represented a “very significant diplomatic development at the international level. It simply shows a big change for the Tibetan movement.”
Kranti said the meeting sent a message to Beijing and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who made an unannounced visit to the Tibetan capital Lhasa last week. Chinese state media did not cover the visit until two days after it happened. “It is a very interesting contrast that has happened within just one week. Secretary Blinken met with the Dalai Lama’s representative openly, but Xi Jinping had to visit Tibet in secret,” Kranti said.