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Dalai Lama: Tibet a Chinese issue

August 12, 2009

United Press International
August 11, 2009

BEIJING, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- The Dalai Lama, who has been calling for
"meaningful autonomy" for Tibet, says he agrees with China the issue
is a domestic problem.

In an interview with the BBC, the Tibetan spiritual leader said: "The
Chinese government considers our problem a domestic one. And we also."

The comments come at a time when talks on Tibet with the Chinese
government remain at an impasse, with the last round held in 2008.
The BBC said the Dalai Lama's latest statement may breathe new life
into the talks.

The Tibetan leader has been living in exile in India since 1959 after
a failed uprising in Tibet against Chinese rule.

The Dalai Lama has called for more autonomy than the current Chinese
status of Tibet Autonomous Region. China says that is a back door
attempt to "splitting the motherland," the BBC said.

The Dalai Lama has come under increased Chinese attacks following
riots in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa and elsewhere last year.

He said there are growing signs of frustration and resentment among
younger Tibetans on relationship with China. He also said China's
policy toward ethnic minorities has been "a failure."

"They always look from only one angle -- how to keep, how to control.
Only that angle. They don't care about what the local people are
feeling," he said.
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