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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 23, 1997

Meeting with the Dalai Lama

His Holiness, the XIV Dalai Lama, was welcomed at the White House this afternoon where he met with the President and Vice President to discuss issues concerning Tibet and China. President Clinton expressed his continuing concern for the preservation of Tibetan religion and culture.

The United States continues to urge high-level talks between the Chinese Government and the Dalai Lama or his representatives to resolve differences. The President and Vice President welcomed the Dalai Lama's commitment to non-violence and to negotiations with China. The Dalai Lama and the President concurred on the need for strong U.S.-China relations.

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