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Ready to negotiate with China: Dalai Lama

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, branded by Beijing as a separatist, said on Thursday he was ready to negotiate with China on issues concerning his homeland.

world Updated: Sep 03, 2009 12:52 IST

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, branded by Beijing as a separatist, said on Thursday he was ready to negotiate with China on issues concerning his homeland.

"Our position is very clear. We are always ready (to negotiate) as long as we get a green light from China," the Dalai Lama said in Taipei on the second last day of a visit to Taiwan. No such green light had yet been given by China, he said.

His August 30-September 4 visit to Taiwan has focused on prayers for victims of a typhoon that killed up to 745 people last month.

The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule. He has visited Taiwan twice before.