U.S. President Barack Obama's top Asia adviser says China should see the Dalai Lama as part of the solution on Tibet, not part of the problem.
Jeff Bader, the senior director for Asia on the White House National Security Council, told an audience of prominent Chinese-Americans in Washington Friday to use their influence in Beijing to encourage a different view of the Dalai Lama.
China accuses the Tibetan spiritual leader of trying to seek independence for Tibet and pressures world leaders not to meet with him. The Dalai Lama has said for decades that he only wants autonomy for his homeland, not independence.
Bader also acknowledged that human rights have become an irritant in relations between the United States and China. He said President Obama does not believe in lecturing people, but rather believes the best way to influence other countries is to lead by example. He cited the president's decision to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center shortly after taking office.
The Dalai Lama is currently in the United States, giving public talks in several cities. He is not stopping in Washington during this trip, but is planning a visit in October.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP .