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His Holiness the Dalai Lama part of solution for China: US President's Senior Adviser

May 3, 2009

Central Tibetan Administration
May 2, 2009

Dharamshala -- The US President Barack Obama's
top Asia adviser says China should see His
Holiness the Dalai Lama as "part of the solution"
on Tibet instead of trying to isolate him, French
news agency AFP reported Friday.

Jeff Bader, senior director for Asia on the White
House's National Security Council, told the
Committee of 100, a Chinese-American group, that
it should use its influence in Beijing to
encourage a different view of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

"I hope that you will use that credibility and
those relationships to help persuade Chinese
officials that the Dalai Lama is not part of
their problem but rather part of the solution to
the situation in Tibet," Bader said.

Bader acknowledged that human rights have become
an irritant in US-China relations --
"unsurprisingly, because China's human rights record, as we know, is poor."

But he said Obama believed the most effective way
to persuade China was to lead by example, citing
the president's decision to shut down the widely
condemned "war on terror" detention camp in Guantanamo Bay.

"President Obama does not believe in lecturing.
He believes in leading by example, not finger-pointing," Bader said.

"President Obama, with his unique gifts in
communication and popularity, will be looking for
ways to reach out to Chinese audiences and connect," Bader said.

Before his appointment, Bader served at the
Brookings Institution think-tank where he led a
project encouraging Chinese academics to make
contact with the Dalai Lama. He said he was
pleasantly surprised at the response.

"It suggested to me that there is an openness to
discussion among non-official Chinese on this
subject and I hope that one of these days officials will catch up," Bader said.

During the current US visit, His Holiness the
Dalai Lama's some of the most important
engagement is to meet with Chinese intellectuals and students.

On Friday in Boston, Massachusetts, His Holiness
spoke to a group of Chinese students on the
current situation inside Tibet and the dialogue
process between his envoys and the Chinese
leadership towards resolving the Tibetan issue.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama reiterated his
efforts in bringing Tibetans to harmonious association with the Chinese people.

His Holiness said the Chinese government should
allow media and tourists without official minders
as if it claims that the situation is good in Tibet.

His Holiness said he had appealed to the
international community to visit Tibet and see
things for themselves. If we are proved wrong
then we will apologize, His Holiness added.

His Holiness said China lacks 'moral authority'
in its aspiration to become a super power.
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