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Tibet dispute would lead to greater tension inside China: US

September 1, 2010

Press Trust of India (PTI)
August 31, 2010

Washington -- "China's engagement with the Dalai
Lama or his representatives to resolve problems
facing Tibetans is in the interests of both the
Chinese government and the Tibetan people," the
Obama Administration said in its annual report to
the US Congress. The report said that "failure to
address these problems will lead to greater
tensions inside China and will be an impediment
to China's social and economic development."

Noting that the US continues to encourage both
sides to engage in a substantive discussion that
will work to achieve concrete results, the report
submitted to the Congress this month said the US
government believes that the Dalai Lama can be a
constructive partner for China as it deals with
the difficult challenge of continuing tensions in Tibetan areas.

"His views are widely reflected within Tibetan
society, and he commands the respect of the vast
majority of Tibetans. His consistent advocacy of
non-violence is an important principle for making
progress toward a lasting solution," the report said.

"Encouraging substantive dialogue between Beijing
and the Dalai Lama is an important foreign policy
objective of the United States. We continue to
encourage representatives of the PRC and the
Dalai Lama to hold direct and substantive
discussions aimed at the resolution of
differences, without preconditions," it said.

The Administration believes that such a dialogue
may lead to a solution to or provide the best
hope for alleviating tensions in Tibetan areas
and contribute to the overall stability of China, the report said.

While welcoming the resumption of the dialogue in
2010, the report expressed disappointment that
eight years of talks have not borne concrete
results. "We are concerned that in 2009 the PRC
continued its negative rhetoric about the Dalai
Lama, as well as repression and religious
restrictions in Tibetan areas," it said and urged
both sides to engage in substantive dialogue.

The US, together with many in the international
community, recognizes the Tibet Autonomous Region
(TAR) and Tibetan autonomous prefectures and
counties in other provinces as part of China, it said.

The Dalai Lama has repeatedly disclaimed any
intention to seek sovereignty or independence for
Tibet and has stated that he wants China to
preserve Tibetan culture, religion, and its
fragile environment through genuine autonomy, it said.

The report informed the Congress that since the
US government does not recognise Tibet as an
independent state, the US does not conduct
official diplomatic relations with the Tibetan
"government-in-exile" in Dharamsala in India.
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