U.S. Secretary of State Urges China to Engage with Dalai Lama

July 10, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AP


On July 10, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she asked Chinese leaders on Sunday to "reach out" to the Dalai Lama and said the exiled Tibetan leader is 'no threat to China.' Speaking at a news conference after meeting President Hu Jintao and other leaders, Rice said she asked 'that China reach out to, in particular, the Dalai Lama, a man who is for Tibet, a man of considerable authority, considerable moral authority, but really is no threat to China.' Rice was in Beijing to discuss efforts to persuade North Korea to relinquish its nuclear ambitions. The secretary said she also talked with Chinese leaders about human rights and religious freedom."