HarryNephew, this is a classic analogy of the quote " I love you, but your policies I've some reservation" to be used by shugdenpas back to HHDL, becasue all of us here (at least I am) love Dalai Lama, but his policies on DS practitioners, we all have reservation.
I personally do not see much changes in the stance the Chinese government officials have towards HHDL, not even in the years to come, they will find all kinds of ways to condemn HHDL, the worst is that those Tibetans living in China would be the ones to suffer as they are being forced to do thing out of their will, many of them still see HHDL as their leader, both in the political and spiritual arena.
Now with Lobsang Sangay as the new leader of CTA, the people in his village got the hot seat to be picked at. Perhaps that is the reason why HHDL has to be the bad guy condemning Dorje Shugden and his practitioners so that the Chinese will allow this practice to florish. Anything against the desire and wishes of HHDL, or rumours has it that it would shorten HHDL's life, the Chinese would be more than happy to encourage it.
It could not be that the Dalai Lama is good in everything he does, full of wisdom and compassion except in the issue of Dorje Shugden and his practitioners. That also does not sound logical to me too.
I am still in the game of the "bigger picture" .........and for the moment, I would say this to HHDL, "I love you, but your policies I've some reservation"