It's no secret that the political and religious status of Tibet, since the communist rule was established there by Beijing, has been a huge worry of the United States. The reasons behind this special interest are quite obvious. The first, ideological one, deals with human rights, the everlasting "sacred cow" of the American establishment, freedom of religion being comprised. The second reason is of purely pragmatic nature. The problem of Tibet, unsettled so far, is one of the tools to put pressure on China, the country that both economically and, what is even more important, militarily is feeling itself fit to steadily increase its bid for number one world power status.
The problem of Tibet has been subject of undiminishing Washington's attention and the position of Mr. Raymond Greene, Consul General in Chengdu, only proves the fact.
The content of this memo prompts rather interesting conclusions pointing to both sweeping changes of the Chinese approach to the Tibetan issue and some evident split among the people close to Dalai Lama. Beijing appears to be in possession of some information about the health of Dalai Lama; the dialogue with him hasn't been resumed by the Chinese authorities since 2010. It looks like Beijing is staking rather on his successor, or, to be more exact, on his future milieu, ready to drop the territorial and political claims in exchange for more religious freedom, not a little actually for Tibet used to be a theocracy once.
It goes without saying that such an effort of the Chinese government to untie the Tibetan knot is totally unacceptable for the United States. It's especially the case with the representatives of the ruling Democratic Party, the target of the persistent criticism on part of its political opponents reproaching Democrats of foreign policy yielding and undermining the American strength. It would be really amusing to see Washington at work to solve this highly sensitive problem, especially keeping it in mind that the continuity of the democratic administrations is likely to be preserved.