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Dalai Lama Says Obama Not Soft on China

November 23, 2009

by Bappa Majumdar
The New York Times
November 22, 2009

NEW DELHI (Reuters) -- Tibetan spiritual leader
the Dalai Lama said on Sunday U.S. President
Barack Obama was not soft on China and said he
hoped he would discuss Tibet with the Indian
prime minister in Washington this week.

"Obama is not soft on China, he just has a
different style," the Dalai Lama told the NDTV news channel in an interview.

Obama had called for a resumption of dialogue
between the Dalai Lama's envoys and China to
resolve the Tibet crisis during his just-concluded visit to Beijing.

The Tibetan government-in-exile said last week it
was willing to talk to China following Obama's comments.

Chinese officials and envoys of the Dalai Lama
have held eight rounds of talks, but little of substance has been achieved.

The Dalai Lama, who fled Tibet to India in 1959
after an abortive uprising against Chinese rule,
said he was not disappointed over failing to meet
Obama during his U.S. visit in October.

The Dalai Lama, dubbed a "splittist" by Beijing,
says he is merely seeking autonomy for Tibet,
which last year erupted in riots and protests against the Chinese presence.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visits the
United States this week to discuss regional
issues, climate change and a nuclear deal.
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