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Dalai Lama looks forward to visiting Taiwan again

Dalai Lama looks forward to visiting Taiwan again

Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama would very much like to visit Taiwan again if given the opportunity, the Taipei-based Taiwan Tibet Exchange Foundation said yesterday.
The Dalai Lama met and talked Saturday with members of a delegation from the foundation in Dharamsala, northern India, where the Tibetan government-in-exile has been based since 1959, TTEF said in a news release.
During the visit, the Dalai Lama also reiterated to Liu Shih-fang (劉世芳), a TTEF board member and Own Su-jei, TTEF deputy general secretary, his stance on supporting the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and not opposing China, according to the TTEF statement.
The Dalai Lama said to Liu and Own that during his last visit to Taiwan in 2001, he saw many followers of Tibetan Buddhism and many of his supporters in Taiwan, which he said made a very deep impression on him.
He praised Taiwan for having preserved the best essence of traditional Chinese culture.
The revered Tibetan spiritual leader also apologized to the Taiwanese people that he could not have visited Taiwan sooner.
"I've always thought about revisiting Taiwan over the past seven years, but there were always things coming up at the last minute, " he said.
Meanwhile, he also told his visitors that he did not play a role in the uprising in Lhasa in March this year during which numerous Tibetans were killed by Chinese troops and police following riots in which Han Chinese were targeted by Tibetan protesters.
"All communication data to and from Dharamsala will prove that I'm clean," the Dalai Lama said, according to the statement.