China wants a Chinese version of Tibetan Buddhism, says Dalai Lama

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New Delhi, Nov.21(ANI): Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Saturday said that China wants a Dalai Lama of China's Tibet or a Chinese version of Tibetan Buddhism, which he said was very strange.

"I think China wants Dalai Lama of China's Tibet or China's Tibetan Buddhism. This is very strange," said Dalai Lama here on the sidelines of a function in the capital.

Nobel Laureate Dalai Lama on this occasion expressed hope that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who left today for the United States on a State visit, would discuss Tibet issue with the U.S. President Barack Obama.

He, however, added that he was well aware of the limitations of New Delhi and Washington,

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's three-day state visit, starts on November 23.

"I am quite sure whatever [will] the prime minister can do [something]; can appeal [to] something to his friend, he will do. I have no worry. Then, of course, we should be practical...so government of India and United States have also some limitations. That's also is there. That's a reality," Dalai Lama said here on the sidelines of inaugurating a hospital ward.

Dalai Lama, meanwhile also appreciated the U.S. President Obama on holding talks with his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao and others and hoped that it could be that they discussed Tibet.

"He (Barack Obama) actually, I think, publicly and behind scenes, [I think] he really talk(ed) with Chinese leaders very seriously about Tibetan issue. So, that I must appreciate," said Dalai Lama. (ANI)

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