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McCain Meets With Dalai Lama In Colorado

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ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - John McCain, after a 45-minute meeting in
Aspen, Colorado, with the Dalai Lama, is calling on China to
release prisoners from the recent Tibetan uprising.
And McCain says he's urging Beijing to account for Tibetans who
have -- quote -- "disappeared" since protests in March, and
engage in meaningful dialogue on genuine autonomy for Tibet.
McCain says next month's Olympic Games would provide a good
opportunity for China to demonstrate that it recognizes human
The Dalai Lama praised McCain for his concern, while emphasizing
he wasn't endorsing McCain's presidential bid.
The Tibetan spiritual leader is seeking support from world
leaders for upcoming talks with China once the Olympics are over.
He says he wants autonomy, not independence, for Tibet.
China claims Tibet has been its territory for centuries.

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