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Dalai Lama salutes Chinese sympathizers

The Dalai Lama Dalai Lama (dä`lī lä`mə) [Tibetan,=oceanic teacher], title of the leader of Tibetan Buddhism. Believed like his predecessors to be the incarnation of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, 1935–,  on Wednesday reached out to China, saluting a Beijing-based novelist who has defied China by seeking reconciliation with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader.

On a visit to Washington, the Dalai Lama presented an award to Wang Lixiong Wang Lixiong, born in 1953 at Changchun in Manchuria is a Chinese writer and Chinese intellectual.[1] Biography
Wang Lixiong was born in 1953 at Changchun in Manchuria and resides in Beijing.
, who helped spearhead a petition of more than 300 prominent Chinese who last year questioned a crackdown on major protests in Tibet.

China has tried to isolate the Dalai Lama, pressing nations to publicly shun him. Organizers did not announce Wang's attendance before the ceremony, saying it could put him at personal risk.

At a theater in Washington's Chinatown, Wang greeted the Dalai Lama by folding his hands in a traditional Tibetan greeting. The two men exchanged a lengthy embrace as the Tibetan leader draped drape  
v. draped, drap·ing, drapes
1. To cover, dress, or hang with or as if with cloth in loose folds: draped the coffin with a flag; a robe that draped her figure.
 him with a ceremonial white scarf.

Wang, who is married to leading Tibetan poet Woeser, told the crowd that the petition signers were "in no way what the Chinese propaganda Chinese propaganda may refer to:
  • Propaganda in the People's Republic of China
  • Propaganda in the Republic of China
 professed us to be -- anti-China. We are the opposite, we dearly love China.

"But loving China does not amount to loving the government. Daring to criticize the government is done for the good of China, but a government that cannot accept criticism can only bring harm to China," he said to a standing ovation.

He regretted that China had rejected the Dalai Lama's "Middle Way" of seeking greater rights for Tibetans within the context of Chinese rule.

"The false propaganda," Wang said, "has made it difficult for the majority of Chinese to understand the truth about Tibet and they have no way of knowing about the Dalai Lama's Middle Way."

He alluded to the risks for himself, voicing concern over Liu Xiaobo Liu Xiaobo, 刘晓波, b. 1955 in Changchun, is a critical intellectual and human rights activist in reform-era China.

He is now (2007) President of Chinese Independent PEN.
 -- a prominent dissident who helped him on the petition and was later imprisoned im·pris·on  
tr.v. im·pris·oned, im·pris·on·ing, im·pris·ons
To put in or as if in prison; confine.

[Middle English emprisonen, from Old French emprisoner : en-
 as he led a separate campaign for democracy and human rights.

Organizers of the ward, presented by the International Campaign for Tibet The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) is a private non-profit advocacy group working to promote democratic freedoms for Tibetans, ensure their human rights, and protect the Tibetan culture and environment. , said that Wang's wife Woeser, another rare voice in Beijing for the Tibetan viewpoint, was not allowed to travel to the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. .

The Dalai Lama, who has met Wang several times previously, praised him as courageous.

"Often the Chinese unfortunately describe these people as Western anti-Chinese forces," he said.

"No, certainly not," he said. "I always say our supporters are not pro-Tibetan but pro-justice, pro-nonviolence."
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Date:Oct 7, 2009
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