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Rice Urges China Talks With Dalai Lama

March 25, 2008


WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday
urged China to consider a new policy to address Tibetans' grievances and
to start talks with the Dalai Lama.

A Chinese dialogue with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, Rice said,
"is going to be the only policy that is sustainable in Tibet."

The Dalai Lama, with his belief in nonviolence and "his unassailable
authoritative moral stature," can "play a very favorable role" in
seeking a peaceful resolution to unrest in Tibet, Rice said at a news
conference with Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

She repeated a U.S. call for Chinese restraint and the abandonment of

China demonizes the Dalai Lama as an agitator for Tibetan independence.
Beijing has faced harsh criticism after demonstrations against Chinese
rule turned violent March 14 in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa.

Mukherjee said exiled Tibetans can carry on their religious activities
from their base in India. But, he warned, India will not allow political
activities that could disturb its relations with other countries,
referring to India-China ties.

China accuses the Dalai Lama, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, of trying to
harm its image ahead of the Beijing Summer Olympics.

Beijing berated House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit last week to the
Dalai Lama in Dharmsala, India, saying she was ignoring the truth about

But Rice praised Pelosi's trip. "To have contact with him, I think, is a
good thing, not a bad thing," Rice said.
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