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.

On the subject of a one-China policy, visiting US President Barack Obama, who is in Beijing on his maiden state visit to the Communist nation, on Tuesday expressed his support for the early continuation of talks between the Chinese leaders and representatives of the Tibetan spiritual and political leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Bolzano: His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived in Bolzano, the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol in Italy this morning. President Luis Durnwalder of South Tyrol welcomed His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Bolzano airport. On arrival at the hotel, both Italians and Tibetans gathered to welcome His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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".

In an historic first for an American President, Barack Obama held a town hall forum with hundreds of Chinese university students yesterday in Shanghai at the city's Museum of Science and Technology.

Mangosuthu Buthelezi, leader of the South African Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), will attend a summit on China's rule of Tibet in Rome, despite China's request for him not to. Ilanga newspaper yesterday repor­ted that the Chinese government is trying to persuade the IFP not to join the summit of world leaders later this month.

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