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Tibetan contact with China 'difficult': Dalai Lama

January 19, 2009

Australia Network News
Jan 18, 2009
Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, says contact between his government-in-exile and Chinese officials is becoming "difficult".
The Tibetan government-in-exile says it is yet to receive a Chinese response to its memo on autonomy presented two months ago.
At the time, the Chinese response was to indirectly dismiss the memo as an attempt to undermine Beijing's authority in the region.
The Dalai Lama, who fled to India 50 years ago, says he does not seek Tibetan independence but wants meaningful autonomy to protect the region's unique Buddhist culture.
He told an interfaith meeting in the Indian capital New Delhi that Tibetan faith towards the Chinese government was wearing thin.
"Since our contact with Chinese officials is becoming difficult, then I often, you see, mentioning our faith towards (Chinese) government now becoming thinner and thinner. However, our faith towards Chinese people never shaken," he said.
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