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Dalai Lama Says He Has Lost Hope in China Talks

October 28, 2008

By VOA News
October 26, 2008

Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, says he has given up
on efforts to bring greater autonomy for Tibet under Chinese rule.

The Dalai Lama said Saturday that for many years he has pursued a
"middle way" approach, in his indirect talks with Chinese officials,
by advocating an autonomous status for Tibet short of full independence.

But the Buddhist monk told a crowd gathered in Dharamsala, India
there has been no positive response from Chinese leaders.

In his first public appearance since undergoing gallbladder surgery
earlier this month, the 73-year-old said, "as far as I'm concerned I
have given up."

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate said it is now up to the Tibetan
people to decide how to take the dialogue forward.

The Dalai Lama has called a special meeting of Tibetan exiles next
month to discuss the future of the Tibet movement.

Representatives of Tibetan exile communities around the world will
gather in Dharamsala, which is the headquarters of the Tibetan

The Dalai Lama's unusually candid comments also come ahead of this
week's visit to China by two of his envoys for another round of talks
with Chinese officials.

Chinese officials have met several times with the Dalai Lama's envoys
since 2002. But the Chinese government recognizes them only as his
private representatives.

The Chinese government claims the Dalai Lama secretly supports
Tibetan independence activities and has blamed him for masterminding
a series of protests in Tibet earlier this year. The Dalai Lama has
denied both accusations and asked the Chinese government to produce evidence.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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