US urged to press China over Tibet self-immolation
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Tibetan government-in-exile is urging the U.S. to press China for access to a region where 10 young Tibetans have set themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule.
Lobsang Sangay says the self-immolations that began in March by protesters shouting slogans of support for exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, showed China's "hard-line policies" were not working.
Sangay says his exile administration, based in northern India, has a sacred duty to show solidarity with the protesters, but he is urging them not to resort to "desperate acts."
Sangay was speaking Wednesday at a news conference in Washington, where he has been meeting U.S. lawmakers.
The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 and this year delegated his political powers to Sangay, who won a March election.