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Dalai Lama gives up on China

October 26, 2008|Times Wire Reports

The Dalai Lama said he has given up on efforts to convince Beijing to allow greater autonomy for Tibet under Chinese rule.

The Tibetan spiritual leader said he would now ask the Tibetan people to decide how to take the dialogue forward.

China has repeatedly accused the Dalai Lama of leading a campaign to split Tibet from the rest of the country. But he says he is only seeking greater autonomy for the Himalayan region to protect its unique Buddhist culture.

"There hasn't been any positive response from the Chinese side," he said in Dharmsala, the north Indian town that is home to Tibet's government-in-exile. "As far as I'm concerned I have given up."

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