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Dalai Lama Says He Wants to Visit China


Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, says he wants to travel to China on a pilgrimage to visit Buddhist landmarks.

The Dalai Lama made his comments Friday in an address marking the 47th anniversary of the Tibet uprising against Chinese rule.

He also said that he was hoping to see for himself the changes that China has undergone in pursuing economic development.

Last month, envoys for the Dalai Lama met with Chinese officials for talks about Tibetan autonomy. It was the fifth time that Chinese and Tibetan representatives have met since September 2002.

The Dalai Lama has been struggling to gain some form of autonomy for Tibet since a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.

Beijing accuses him of separatism and demands that he give up aspirations for independence.
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