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China needs to engage in direct-dialogue with Dalai Lama: Pompeo

13 Jun 2018 | By Anjana Raghav
Chinese-authorities should have direct-dialogue with Dalai Lama: Pompeo

Ahead of his Beijing visit, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US should express publicly that China needs to engage in meaningful and direct dialogue with Dalai Lama or his representatives, without preconditions, to lower tensions.

Pompeo also said, "I will urge China to cease restrictions on human rights of Tibetans as well as their religious, linguistic and cultural traditions."

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DiscussionPompeo to discuss bilateral ties with Chinese counterpart tomorrow

Pompeo, who was responding to questions asked by Members of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said: "I will also raise concerns (with China) about the lack of regular access to the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) for US journalists, diplomats, academics and others."

Pompeo will visit China tomorrow and will discuss the bilateral ties and major global and regional issues of common concern.

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