The US believes that Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama can be a constructive partner for China, particularly as it deals with the challenge of resolving continuing tensions in areas around Tibet, a Obama Administration official has said.
“The Dalai Lama's views are widely reflected within Tibetan society and command the respect of the vast majority of Tibetans,” Maria Otero Undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs said.
His consistent advocacy of non-violence is an important factor in reaching an eventual lasting solution,” Otero said.
“China's engagement with the Dalai Lama, or his representatives, to resolve problems facing Tibetans is in the interests of the Chinese government and the Tibetan people,” she said at the Congressional Executive Commission on China (CECC) Roundtable on “The Dalai Lama: What He Means For Tibetans Today”.
“We believe failure to address these problems and re-examine existing, counterproductive policies will exacerbate already existing tensions that could, in turn, undermine China's efforts to maintain its current social and economic development,” Otero said in her remarks.