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Dalai Lama: West Must Tell China It Is Wrong Over Tibet

May 23, 2008

By Daily Mail Reporter
Daily Mail (UK)
May 21, 2008

The Dalai Lama today urged Britain and other Western countries to be
frank with Beijing over Tibet  -  and put human values above economic growth.

He said: "If you are a true friend, a close friend, then it is
important to make clear the wrong things about your friend," he said.

"The economy is important, but human values are more important. Human
issues like human rights."

The 72-year-old was speaking on the second day of his 11-day visit to
Britain, weeks after the bloody crackdown on Tibetan monks
demonstrating against Chinese rule and the disruption to the Olympic
torch relay.

  He said: "While you are making close relationship in the business
field, there is no point in forgetting about principles."

He added he would attend the Beijing Olympics if the Chinese agreed
to talks and improved the situation in Tibet.

"I'm happy to go there, but this is entirely dependent on our
meeting," he said.

Talks began via envoys this month and will restart in June. "If the
meeting becomes something concrete, constructive, and in the meantime
the situation inside Tibet improves, and it appears some kind of
long-term solution happens, then I am ready to go there," he added.

Earlier the Dalai Lama made a direct appeal to the people of London
to help Tibet gain more freedoms.

Speaking at the House of Commons he said ordinary Londoners could
make a difference by giving facts about Tibet to Chinese students and
businessmen
visiting the capital.

He also urged the capital's large Chinese and Tibetan communities to
come together and launch a Sino-Tibetan friendship organisation to
promote closer ties.

He urged sympathetic Londoners to extend the hand of friendship to
China and help convert its "intellectuals".

Later the Dalai Lama met David Cameron in the Tory leader's office.

Downing Street defended the decision for Gordon Brown to meet the
Dalai Lama at Lambeth Palace on Friday and not at No10, emphasising
the visitor's spiritual rather than political leadership.

But former Lib-Dem leader Sir Menzies Campbell said many people would
conclude Mr Brown wanted to see him but not offend the Chinese government.

The Dalai Lama will hold private talks with Prince Charles at
Clarence House tomorrow.
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