Dalai Lama to China: Stop Smearing Me

But he calls new talks with Beijing 'respectful' and promising
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2008 1:12 PM CDT
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, left, prays as the Karmapa, the third highest lama in Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy, looks on.   (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
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(Newser) – If Chinese leaders truly believe the Dalai Lama was behind the Lhasa riots, “then they should go to Oslo and see to it that I am stripped of my Nobel Peace Prize,” the spiritual leader tells Der Spiegel. The Tibetan leader is tired of China’s accusations, and he says they should come forward with evidence if they have it.

But despite that grievance, the Dalai Lama spoke positively about China, saying negotiations between his envoys and Beijing so far had been “rather respectful” and had led to some “concrete proposals.” Things are far from resolved however, and he urged the West to keep up the pressure on Beijing.