On 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.
Though the central purpose of U.S. President Barack Obama’s upcoming trip in November to Beijing will be to improve ties and foster a closer relationship with China, on November 14, in the midst of his current visit to Japan, he announced from Tokyo that he will not ignore the issues of human rights and freedom of speech when meeting with Chinese leadership.
As US President Barack Obama used the Shanghai leg of his China visit to call for an end to online censorship, it emerged that a Chinese court has sentenced Tibetan writer and photographer Kunga Tseyang to five years in prison on various charges including posting articles on the Internet. Two days before, literary website editor Kunchok Tsephel has meanwhile been sentenced to 15 years in prison on a charge of "divulging state secrets".