Dalai Lama hopes to ease tension with China through dialogue

The Dalai Lama has vowed he is not seeking independence for Tibet, and that he is willing to meet with Chinese leaders including President Hu Jintao, to solve any rift between the two sides. But Tibet's exiled Buddhist leader said Thursday he would not travel to Beijing for talks unless there was "a real concrete development" in relations between Beijing and Tibet. He did not elaborate. Chinese officials said they would talk with the Dalai Lama if he "stopped separatist activities" and recognized Tibet and Taiwan as parts of China.