A substantive anonymous posting on the Chinese blogosphere on the possible return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet was posted on Sina.com in China on September 17, 2014 and taken down the next day after it was viewed by thousands of people.
Although the author or authors were anonymous, and it is not known if the piece was written by individuals in China or outside, the detailed blog (ICT’s English translation is given below) demonstrates an understanding of the issues at stake, such as the Dalai Lama’s wish to go on pilgrimage to the sacred mountain Wutai Shan in China and connect to Chinese Buddhists. The blog made reference to President Xi Jinping’s ‘new message’ on the importance of Buddhism to Chinese culture, which the Dalai Lama has referred to, and recent comments by Politburo leader Yu Zhengsheng that appear to indicate concern on the governance of Tibetan areas.
The Dalai Lama has asserted on several occasions that he would like to make a pilgrimage to Wutai Shan, a Buddhist sacred site in Shanxi, and he stated this again during a meeting with Chinese scholars in Hamburg, Germany, in August.
He was quoted as saying in answer to a question: “I’ve always wanted to visit Wu Tai Shan. I thought about going there in 1954. Then it came up during the fifth round of talks with the Chinese, but was rejected.” The official website www.dalailama.com also reported the Dalai Lama as saying: “[Sino-Tibetan communications] have been increasing [recently]; there has been more interaction. He said more and more Chinese are coming to hear him teach and two to three years ago he began to teach groups from the mainland. He quoted Xi Jinping’s recent remark that Buddhism has an important role to play in reviving Chinese culture and the finding that there are now said to be 300-400 million Buddhists in China.”
The blog on Sina.com also mentioned the respect accorded to the Dalai Lama by Xi Jinping’s father, Xi Zhongxun, saying that the Chinese leader’s father spoke of the ‘moderate’ views of the Dalai Lama, and advocated protecting the rights of Tibetans, Hui, and other minorities.
On the ground in Tibet, there does not appear to be any evidence of concessions in Chinese policy. Since Xi Jinping assumed full power in China, crackdown across Tibet has deepened, particularly in areas where there have been self-immolations or unrest. In recent months, an aggressive ‘counter-terrorism’ drive has been launched across the plateau, involving large-scale military drills, an intensification of border security and training exercises for troops on responding to self-immolations. Consistent with the strident official language used to emphasize the new campaign, a major religious teaching by the Dalai Lama in exile, the Kalachakra in Ladakh, was described by the Chinese state media as an ‘incitement’ to “hatred, terror and extremist action”.
Beijing recently responded to the Dalai Lama’s comments on his succession by saying that the Tibetan leader should “respect” the traditions of reincarnation. “The title of Dalai Lama is conferred by the central government, which has hundreds of years of history,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told journalists in Beijing, underlining the Party position of ‘ownership’ of the lineage and its attempts to control reincarnation. “The (present) 14th Dalai Lama has ulterior motives, and is seeking to distort and negate history, which is damaging to the normal order of Tibetan Buddhism.” (September 10, 2014, Reuters).
A full translation of the Chinese blog posted on Sina.com is below:
 August 28, 2014, transcript on dalailama.com at: http://www.dalailama.com/news/post/1163-addressing-a-sino-tibetan-conference
 See ICT report, ‘The Communist Party as Living Buddha’, http://www.savetibet.org/the-communist-party-as-living-buddha