The 79-year old leader said,"Actually the Tibetan problem (is) also (a) problem of India. Before 1950, you see the whole northern border, really peaceful, no single soldier. So India's problem."
He further added,"So sooner or later you have to solve these problems, not by force but by understanding and talk. Understanding comes through talk, only through personal contact."
Citing his reason for exile from his own country since 1959 and the strained relations that both the Asian countries share over Tibet, Dalai Lama called Xi more open minded and realistic than his predecessor Hu Jintao.
"So he can learn more things from India. After all, Sino-India relations on the basis on new trust is very important, very essential," he further added.
The Lama supported !meaningful autonomy" of Tibet but was misinterpreted as 'splittist'. While the premiers of both the countries were discussing trade and business and border issues, Tibetan students protested against China until they were dragged away from the venue.