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Dalai Lama seeks meaningful autonomy for Tibet

Seeking a "meaningful" autonomy for Tibet, the Dalai Lama asked China to shed its one-sided approach and adopt a more holistic view on the issue, even as Beijing lashed out at the US, terming its engagement with him as a gross violation of international norms.

world Updated: Feb 19, 2010 13:03 IST

Seeking a "meaningful" autonomy for Tibet, the Dalai Lama on Friday asked China to shed its one- sided approach and adopt a more holistic view on the issue, even as Beijing lashed out at the US, terming its engagement with him as a gross violation of international norms.

President Barack Obama met the Tibetan spiritual leader today ignoring strong Chinese objections and commended his "middle way approach" in resolving the vexed Tibetan issue.

After his meeting with Obama, the Dalai Lama said he wanted a "meaningful, sort of, autonomy so that we can preserve Tibetan unique culture and heritage, including our own language".

"I think I want to tell the Chinese leadership, I think we should think every issue more holistic view," the Nobel Peace Prize winner told reporters after meeting Obama and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

China, meanwhile, launched a tirade against the US, summoning American Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman to lodge solemn representations over the meeting.

"The US act grossly violated norms governing the international relations, and ran counter to the principles set forth in the three China-US joint communiques and China-US joint statement," he said, adding, the meeting went against US' repeated commitments of recognising Tibet as part of China and giving no support to "Tibet independence".