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At 03:33 AM 4/8/97, you wrote:
>From: dawn star <cd@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>#2  Dalai Lama visit puts Clinton on the spot
>    By Jim Wolf
>     WASHINGTON, April 4 (Reuter) - The Dalai Lama, the exiled leader of
>Tibet, will visit Washington this month in search of support for
>talks with China, posing a diplomatic challenge for President Bill
>     Sponsors of the visit said the Tibetan political and spiritual
>who has led a government-in-exile in India since a failed anti-Chinese
>uprising in Tibet in 1959, would be in Washington from April 21 to 24.
>     The White House welcomed the visit and said administration
>would meet the Dalai Lama. But it said no decision had been made on a
>request for a meeting with Clinton.
>     "The administration welcomes the Dalai Lama's visit and looks
>to discussions with him," Eric Rubin, a White House spokesman, said. "He
>will definitely be meeting members of the administration, but at what
>and with whom has not been decided."
>     The visit poses political and diplomatic challenges for Clinton,
>is juggling U.S. economic interests in China with concern over its human
>rights record, its alleged violation of arms control agreements and its
>aggressive stance on Taiwan.
>     Vice President Al Gore became the most senior U.S. official to
>Beijing since the crackdown on the democracy movement in Tiananmen
>in 1989, and Clinton and Chinese President Jiang Zemin are planning to
>exchange visits.
>     Beijing has accused the Buddhist leader, who made his first visit
>Taiwan last month, of joining with Taipei in an effort to "split" China.
>Beijing has threatened to retaliate against countries whose leaders meet
>the Dalai Lama.
>     Organisers of the U.S. visit said the monk, the 1989 Nobel Peace
>laureate, would ask Clinton to nudge China toward the negotiating table
>discuss self-rule, not independence, for Tibet.
>     "The Dalai Lama is seeking some genuine support for a negotiated
>settlement," said John Ackerly, director of the International Campaign
>Tibet, the human-rights group that is sponsoring the visit.
>     Clinton has relegated his previous three meetings with the Dalai
>to low-profile, off-camera "drop by" sessions in a deliberate effort to
>minimise the affront to China.
>     At the last such meeting, on September 13, 1995, Clinton merely
>dropped in on a session with Gore, who met the monk in his capacity as a
>religious leader.
>     "As he has done the past two years, President Clinton briefly
>the meeting to pay his respects to the Dalai Lama and to express his
>concern for the preservation of Tibetan religion and culture," the White
>House said then.
>     Some analysts predicted Clinton would hold a higher-profile meeting
>this time, despite the risk of angering China, to burnish his
>     "We feel it's inconceivable that the president would not have a
>one-on-one meeting under the present circumstances," said Ackerly.
>     Washington has long urged China to talk with the Dalai Lama or his
>representatives to resolve their differences. Tibetans want Clinton to
>the issue during  President Zemin's planned first state visit to
>this fall.
>     Winston Lord, a former U.S. envoy to Beijing and the State
>Department's top policymaker on China until his retirement in January,
>China was missing an opportunity by not dealing with the Dalai Lama
>     "The Dalai Lama is a moderate figure," Lord said in an interview.
>cited the monk's embrace of the "one country, two systems" formula for
>autonomy under Chinese sovereignty, which Beijing plans for Hong Kong
>it resumes control of the British colony in July and would like to
>to Taiwan.
>     In Washington, The Dalai Lama will be the keynote speaker at a
>convention on Tibet that will bring together members of parliament from
>more than 50 countries in a House of Representatives' office building.
>Dalai Lama to open meet in United States, visit France, Spain
>   NEW DELHI, April 5 (AFP) - The Dalai Lama will this month visit
>Spain and the United States, where he will open a parliamentarians'
>meeting on
>Tibet, a spokesman for the the Tibetan spiritual leader said Saturday.
>   The Dalai Lama, who in March paid a landmark six-day trip to Taiwan
>angered China, is to leave India April 11 and spend around eight days in
>and France, the spokesman told AFP.
>   He will then travel to the United States for about four days, where
>he will
>inaugurate the Third World Parliamentarians Conference on Tibet in
>The first meet was held in New Delhi in 1994.
>   The conference has been organised jointly by the Tibetan
>parliament-in-exile, located in the Indian hill town of Dharamsala, and
>Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet.
>   Other details of the Dalai Lama's engagements in the United States
>were not
>immediately available. The spokesman said it was not known if the Dalai
>a frequent visitor to the United States, would call on President Bill
>whom he has met twice previously.
>   The Dalai Lama will return to France and spend some more time there
>flying back to New Delhi in early May. In France, he is scheduled to
>several cities.
>   "There is nothing specific about his European visit," the spokesman
>"His main purpose of going to the United States is to inaugurate the
>parliamentarians' conference."
>   The conference was to be held in Washington late last year, but was
>put off
>because of US presidential elections.
>   The spokesman did not say if the Dalai Lama would meet French and
>government leaders.
>   The Dalai Lama, who won the Nobel peace prize in 1989, is scheduled
>visit the largely autonomous Basque region of northern Spain, other
>officials said.
>   The Tibetan leader could meet the head of the Basque regional
>Jose Antonio Ardanza. The Dalai Lama has shown interest in the Basque
>process and its regional institutions.
>   The Dalai Lama met Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui during his last
>visit to the island. Beijing denounced the trip as a plot by "separatist
>forces" seeking to split China.
>   On April 1, the London-based Tibet Information Network (TIN) said the
>Lama was planning a visit to China.
>   The Dalai Lama has been living in exile in India since fleeing his
>in 1959. India is home to an stimated 100,000 Tibetan exiles, most of
>escaped Tibet with him after an abortive anti-China uprising.
>   The Tibetan leader heads a government-in-exile in Dharamsala. It is
>recognised by any country.