November 22, 2008

Tibetan exiles support Dalai Lama policy

A group of Tibetan exiles meeting in India say they support the Dalai Lama's policy of Tibetan autonomy from China rather than complete independence.

The Tibetan exile community backed the Tibetan Buddhist leader following a vote in the Indian town of Dharamsala, where Tibetan leaders had met to discuss their relations with China, the BBC reported Saturday.

The Dalai Lama has urged Tibetan people to stop fighting for complete independence from China and embrace his so-called Middle Way approach.

Chinese control over Tibet has long been a major issue in the Asian country since China invaded and assumed control in 1950.

The BBC said if China does not move forward with attempts to implement the Buddhist leader's proposal, the call for full Tibetan independence will likely gain increased support.

Tibetan delegates, concerned with anti-Tibetan attitudes in China, have suggested the Dalai Lama not travel to China until attitudinal changes occur, the British broadcaster reported.


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