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Dalai Lama Visits Australia


The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, is in Australia where he says he wants to promote human values and religious harmony during his 10-day tour.

Hundreds of well-wishers greeted the Dalai Lama when he arrived at Perth International airport Tuesday.

The Dalai Lama is expected to deliver speeches during his visit and he is to meet with Australian Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd. There has been no confirmation on the spiritual leader meeting with Prime Minister John Howard.

The Dalai Lama toured the United States earlier this month.

China occupied Tibet in 1951 and has repeatedly accused the Dalai Lama of trying to divide the country by seeking Tibetan independence.

The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 after Chinese troops suppressed an uprising. He lives in exile in India.
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