Beijing-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 of state said she also talked with Chinese leaders about human rights and religious freedom.
The Dalai Lama has lived in India since fleeing during a
failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959. He received
the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.