As this white paper put it, "The only way out for the 14th Dalai Lama is to give up advocating 'Tibetan independence' and any attempt to restore the old system, to admit that Tibet is an inalienable part of Chinese territory, to disband the so-called 'Tibetan government-in-exile' and stop all his activities aimed at splitting the country."
With this hard-line position, it is not surprising that the talks between the Dalai Lama's representatives and the Chinese negotiators have gone nowhere.
From the Chinese perspective, the Tibetans already have their autonomy and any demand for a greater degree of autonomy is simply a cover for independence.
With the security clampdown in the Himalayan region this week, the Chinese leaders have shown they are in no mood to compromise. And it remains to be seen if they will ever reconcile with the Dalai Lama.