Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari
Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari was a nonresident senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings and is a research scholar in Asian studies at Georgetown University. He is an experienced diplomat and an advocate for the Tibetan people, universal human rights, and global democratic reform. He has spent the majority of his professional career working directly on behalf of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The U.S. election showed that education needs to go beyond academic knowledge to deal with the disruptions wrought by automation, free trade and other economic shifts. It’s not just skills for work, but skills to develop strong citizens.
I think some people are overreacting — the people who say, oh this is the end of the U.S.-China relationship as we know it. That’s not necessarily true. They could be lenient to Trump and treat Taiwan differently. We need to know a lot more and we shouldn’t pre-judge the situation but we shouldn’t trivialize it either.
I think the scratches on the oracle bone suggest that they may be more lenient with Trump than with Tsai Ing-wen. We have already seen examples of ways that Beijing is pressuring the Tsai administration because it has not complied with Beijing’s demands about the 1992 consensus.