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US asks China for ‘unconditional’ talks with the Dalai Lama

US trying to open a consulate in Lhasa asks China to have "unconditional" talks with the 14th Dalai Lama.

By: Press Trust of India | Washington | Updated: June 7, 2014 10:04 am


United States asked China to talk to spiritual leader of TIbet, Dalai Lama United States asked China to talk to spiritual leader of TIbet, Dalai Lama (Source: Express Archives)

The US has asked China to start “unconditional” talks with Tibetan Spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and address policies that have created tensions in Tibet.

“As we have long said, we are deeply concerned about the poor human rights situation in Tibetan areas of China,” State Department Deputy Spokesperson, Marie Harf told reporters on Friday.

“We have continued to urge the Chinese Government to engage in substantive dialogue with the Dalai Lama or his representatives without preconditions as a means to reduce tensions, obviously urge China to address policies that have created tensions in Tibetan areas and that threaten the Tibetan unique culture,” Harf said.

As envisioned in the Tibetan Policy Act of 2002, the US continues with efforts to open a consulate in Lhasa.

It also continues to request the Chinese Government allow a consular officer to visit Tibet and ethnically Tibetan areas of China, she said.

China has said it is open to holding talks with a personal envoy of the Dalai Lama about the future of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader but ruled out any “independence or semi-independence under disguise” for the restive Himalayan region.

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    Iqbal Naiyer
    Jun 8, 2014 at 8:24 pm
    And what makes US to think China will do as asked. US is treating rest of the world as their adopted child, too bad no one listening.
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      migmar tsering
      Jun 7, 2014 at 5:04 am
      yes ... as a tibetan i also agree with this...free tibet...and long live his holiness the 14th dalai lama...
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        Peter Terpstra
        Jun 7, 2014 at 7:45 pm
        Lets do it!