Dharamshala: - The spiritual leader of Tibet His Holiness the Dalai Lama, today said that "Tibet's problem is India's problem", adding that the long-standing issue need to be resolved but not by force.
The remarks came as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held summit talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Indian Capital New Delhi.
"Actually the Tibetan problem is also a problem of India. Before 1950, you see the whole northern border, really peaceful, no single soldier. So India's problem," the 79-year-old Nobel Peace Prize Laureate said in Indian financial capital Mumbai.
"So sooner or later you have to solve these problems, not by force but by understanding and talk. Understanding comes through talk, only through personal contact," His Holiness added.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama also hailed President Xi as "more realistic" and "more open-minded" than that of his predecessor Hu Jintao. "So he can learn more things from India," he said, adding, "After all, Sino-India relations on the basis on new trust is very important, very essential."
The Nobel Peace Prize winner supports "meaningful autonomy" for Tibet within China rather than outright independence. But China accuses His Holiness the Dalai Lama of covertly campaigning for Tibet's independence and calls him a "splittist".
As President Xi and PM Modi held formal talks on boosting trade and strategic ties as well discussed the vexed border issue, Tibetan students protested against China outside the venue of the meeting.
About 20 students shouted "We want justice" for Tibet and waved Tibetan flags before police dragged them kicking and screaming into waiting buses, according to media reports.