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17november20095On Tuesday, during a visit to the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol, Italy, His Holiness the Dalai Lama stated that he appreciated US president Barack Obama's appeal to Chinese president Hu Jintao to hold talks with His Holiness’s envoys over the situation in Tibet. However, His Holiness added that he recognized that there are "limits" beyond which the US is not able express itself on the Tibet issue, the ANSA news agency reported.

Tibet’s spiritual and political leader made the remarks as he met with local authorities, including Mr. Luis Durnwalder, president of the South Tyrol Autonomous Region.

Tuesday, Obama told President Hu that while the US administration recognizes the “one China” policy, it also supports the timely resumption of dialogue between the Chinese government and representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

"It is clear that the interest of the White House is very strong," His Holiness commented, according to ANSA.

He continued, "But it is also clear that there are certain strong limits which prevent the United States from expressing itself as it wishes."

Tibet’s exiled leader stressed that, "I very much appreciate the words of Barack Obama on Tibet," and he urged world leaders to "push China in the direction of major democratic development.”

"China is one of the most powerful nations in the world and is the most populated. It cannot avoid this process leading to more freedom and democracy," reasoned His Holinesss.

"Even in China, people are starting to ask for more freedom of expression. The climate in China has changed in an important fashion over the past 60 years and this change will continue," he added.

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