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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

I don't want to escalate tension between India, China: Dalai Lama

November 23, 2009

November 22, 2009

Dharamsala, Nov. 22 - His Holiness the Dalai Lama
has said he did not want to be the cause for
tensions between his host India and China. "I did
not want things to escalate between India and
China," His Holiness told a private news channel
(NDTV) in an interview to be broadcast Monday.

The Tibetan leader said that he felt India stood
firm in its position against China.

China opposed the Tibetan leader's visit early
this month to the northeastern Indian state of
Arunchal Pradesh which it claims at its
territory, and asked India not to allow the
Buddhist leader to visit the state. Rejecting
Beijing's objections, Indian leaders had said,
"Dalai Lama is free to visit anywhere in India."

His Holiness said in the interview that he had
been worried about his visit to Tawang in light
of the Chinese rhetoric. "I was very anxious before going to Tawang," he said.

His Holiness also defended US President Barack
Obama who was criticised for not putting much
pressure on China over the Tibet issue during his
maiden trip to China from 15 to 18 November as US
President. "Obama is not soft on China; just has
a different style," said His Holiness adding that
he was "not disappointed" with Obama not meeting him.

His Holiness said he believed that Obama would
discuss Tibet issue with the visiting Indian
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Washington.
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