Dalai Lama ready to meet Hu Jintao

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Dharamshala, Mar 21: Dalai Lama on Thursday said he was ready to meet Chinese leaders, including President Hu Jintao, to discuss the Tibet issue.

But Tibet's exiled Buddhist leader said he would not travel to Beijing for talks unless there was "a real concrete development" in relations between Beijing and Tibet. In retrospect, Chinese officials said they would talk with the Dalai Lama if he "stopped separatist activities" and recognized Tibet and Taiwan as parts of China. “If I go to Beijing it will be big news," Salai Lama noted. “Tibetans may develop unrealistic expectations. I have to be very cautious." But he was ready to meet Chinese leaders at any other neutral venue. "The whole world knows Dalai Lama is not seeking independence, one hundred times, thousand times I have repeated this. It is my mantra — we are not seeking independence," he told reporters in Dharmsala, the seat of Tibet's government-in-exile.

Dalai Lama has said he wants dialogue with China aimed at giving Tibetans autonomy, but remaining under Beijing rule. "The Tibet problem must be solved between Tibetan people and Chinese people," he maintained.

Dalai Lama appreciated the international support received lately for Tibet"s cause, but noted that the problem could only be solved through direct talks with Chinese leaders. “Others can help. But a solution can only be reached through, direct dialogue with China," said the Dalai Lama.

He clarified that his stand on the Beijing Olympics remained unchanged.

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