Dalai Lama's Envoy Says China Lying to Obama བོད་སྐད།

Special Envoy of the Dalai Lama said Wednesday that China lied to Presidnet Barack Obama on Tibet and said Dalai Lama would set the record straight when he visits Washington.

Special Envoy Lodi Gyari, siad Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "absolutely, totally baseless lies about the proposal I submitted."

He said that China falsely claimed that Tibet's exiled leadership was seeking independence or the expulsion of Han Chinese from the region. "Did we make a demand that all non-Tibetans be expelled from the plateau of Tibet? Never. In this day and age? We are not that stupid,"

During meeting with China's top Dilpomat President Obama nudged Beijing gently over its treatment of Tibet and voiced hope for a renewal of tlaks with the Dalai Lama's Representatives which broke down in November.

Special Envoy also said that Beijing's pressure on South Africa did not befit "a nation that wants to be a global power" and be a "friend" to Africa.

"South Africa, which all of us can look to as an example and a kind of beacon of light in that continent, today is put to shame. By who? By Beijing, with total disregard to South Africa's dignity and prestige," he said a forum at the Heritage Foundation, a Washington think tank.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.