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Alan Lowenthal

US lawmaker reports 'heated exchanges' with China on Tibet

U.S. lawmakers on a rare congressional visit to Tibet last week had "heated exchanges" with Chinese officials as they called for Beijing to renew dialogue with exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, one participant said Tuesday.

Seven Democrats led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made the first visit by U.S. lawmakers to Tibet since anti-government unrest in 2008. The region has also been largely off-limits to foreign media and diplomats since then.

Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts said the visit was an important gesture by the Chinese government but "too often" they heard characterizations of Tibet and the Dalai Lama that reflected old...