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Exlied Tibetan Leaders Meet to Discuss China

Hundreds of exiled Tibetan leaders descended on northern India on Sunday for a meeting to discuss their campaign for autonomy from China, reported BBC News.

The week long meeting in Dharamsala in northern India was called by the Dalai Lama in order to evaluate the current Tibetan autonomy effort, but, he said, the group had no specific goals in mind for the meeting.

''It must be clear to all that this special meeting does not have any agenda for reaching a particular predetermined outcome,'' the Dalai Lama said. ''We can be proud at this moment when the Tibetan people themselves are ready and able to take responsibility for Tibet.''

The meeting is on the heels of China's rejection of the envoy's detailed coexistence plan, in which Tibetan leaders explain how Tibet can live autonomously within the structure of the Chinese constitution, reported the New York Times.

This is not the first time talks between China and Tibet have stalled, however.

''The Chinese leadership keeps on saying that the doors to a dialogue are always open but they haven't shown any willingness to take any step, however small, forward,'' said Lodi Gyari, one of two of the Dalai Lama's envoys.

The Dalai Lama said he doubts whether Tibet will ever gain autonomy from China, a nation they have tangled with for over 700 years.

''As far as I'm concerned I have given up,'' he said.