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Tibet dispute would lead to greater tension inside China: US

Supporting unconditional talks between China and Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, the US has said that leaving the Tibet issue unresolved would create greater tension in the Communist state.



Washington: Supporting unconditional talks
between China and Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, the US
has said that leaving the Tibet issue unresolved would create
greater tension in the Communist state and will be an
impediment to its social and economic development.

"China`s engagement with the Dalai Lama or his
representatives to resolve problems facing Tibetans is in the
interests of both the Chinese government and the Tibetan
people," the Obama Administration said in its annual report to
the US Congress.
The report said that "failure to address these problems
will lead to greater tensions inside China and will be an
impediment to China`s social and economic development."

Noting that the US continues to encourage both sides to
engage in a substantive discussion that will work to achieve
concrete results, the report submitted to the Congress this
month said the US government believes that the Dalai Lama can
be a constructive partner for China as it deals with the
difficult challenge of continuing tensions in Tibetan areas.

"His views are widely reflected within Tibetan society,
and he commands the respect of the vast majority of Tibetans.
His consistent advocacy of non-violence is an important
principle for making progress toward a lasting solution," the
report said.

"Encouraging substantive dialogue between Beijing and
the Dalai Lama is an important foreign policy objective of the
United States. We continue to encourage representatives of the
PRC and the Dalai Lama to hold direct and substantive
discussions aimed at the resolution of differences, without
preconditions," it said.

The Administration believes that such a dialogue may
lead to a solution to or provide the best hope for alleviating
tensions in Tibetan areas and contribute to the overall
stability of China, the report said.

While welcoming the resumption of the dialogue in 2010,
the report expressed disappointment that eight years of talks
have not borne concrete results.

"We are concerned that in 2009 the PRC continued its
negative rhetoric about the Dalai Lama, as well as repression
and religious restrictions in Tibetan areas," it said and
urged both sides to engage in substantive dialogue.

The US, together with many in the international
community, recognizes the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and
Tibetan autonomous prefectures and counties in other provinces
as part of China, it said.

The Dalai Lama has repeatedly disclaimed any intention
to seek sovereignty or independence for Tibet and has stated
that he wants China to preserve Tibetan culture, religion, and
its fragile environment through genuine autonomy, it said.
The report informed the Congress that since the US
government does not recognise Tibet as an independent state,
the US does not conduct official diplomatic relations with the
Tibetan "government-in-exile" in Dharamsala in India.

PTI

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