A delegation from the Dalai Lama, the Tibetian religiousleader who escaped to India and now lives in exile there, isdiscussing his return with the Chinese government.

Jasper Becker writes in The Independent that Lodi Gyari, theDalai Lama’s representative in Washington, D.C., is hopefulthe Dalai Lama may be able to return, now that Hu Jintao ishead of the Chinese Communist Party. Jintao was partysecretary of the Tibet Autonomous Region from 1988 to 1992.One diplomat says, “For the first time you have a Chineseleader who knows Tibet.”
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The 66- year-old exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, is in a hospital in Bombay, India after complaining of stomach pains. The hospital says he is in good spirits, talking and able to move around.

A spokesman for the Dalai Lama said the decision to go to Bombay was taken after a team of doctors examined him and advised him to undergo more tests. One report said they had detected a lump in his stomach. His test results will be available on Monday.

He arrived at the airport by helicopter from a Buddhist monastery at Bodghaya, where he has been staying. Witnesses said he walked onto the plane unaided and did not speak to reporters.
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