Hopes for warmer relations between China and the Dalai Lama have been raised by news that 200 Chinese nationals attended a prayer meeting in India with the exiled Tibetan ruler.
Tibet’s government-in-exile, based in the Indian hilltown of Dharamsala, confirmed yesterday that China had issued a growing number of visas to ethnic Chinese and Tibetans over the last two to three years.
Since 2002 representatives from Beijing and the Dalai Lama have held four meetings as part of a slow-moving process of rapprochement. A fifth meeting is expected later this year.
See also “So Long, Dalai Lama: Google Adapts to China” from the New York Times.