Good To See....
In the context of what's going on in the world right now, this may not rank as much of a priority. But it is still a terrible injustice, and kudos to Secretary of State Rice for raising such a sensitive issue while in Beijing. From AFP:
Condoleezza Rice said she urged Chinese leaders to "reach out to the Dalai Lama," saying the exiled Tibetan leader is no threat to China.
The Dalai Lama "is a man of considerable moral authority and is really of no threat to China," Rice told reporters after meeting with Chinese leaders, including President Hu Jintao on the first leg of her four-nation tour.
Five representatives of Tibet's government-in-exile, based in the northern Indian town of Dharamshala, met Chinese officials in the Swiss capital Berne over two days last week, according to the Dalai Lama's office.
The talks were the fourth between the two sides since direct ties were resumed in 2002 and were the first ever talks between envoys of the Dalai Lama and Beijing government officials not held on Chinese soil.
The Dalai Lama, who turned 70 on Wednesday, fled into exile in India in 1959 and direct ties between him and Beijing collapsed in 1993.
Awarded the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize for his dedication to Tibet's non-violent liberation, the spiritual leader has given up his original demands for his homeland's independence.
Instead, he has demanded "meaningful autonomy" to preserve Tibet's culture, language and environment.