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China May Approve Visit by Dalai Lama

Chinese state media report a top government official says Beijing may approve a visit to China by the Dalai Lama if he clearly rejects independence for Tibet.

The Dalai Lama -- Tibet's exiled spiritual leader -- says he wants autonomy, not independence, for Tibet.

But the head of the State Administration for Religious Affairs Ye Xiaowen is quoted by the China Daily Monday as saying the Dalai Lama "has failed to deliver a clear message on his stance."

The Dalai Lama expressed an interest last month in visiting China to see the country's progress.

Chinese troops occupied Tibet in 1950. The Dalai Lama has lived in exile since a failed anti-China uprising in 1959. He has been struggling to gain some form of autonomy for his homeland ever since.

Chinese officials met with the Dalai Lama's envoys in southern China in February.