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The Government attempted to draw a line under the freeze in diplomatic relations with China today as George Osborne said Britain is determined to move on from the row.

Adrian Hamilton: A way out of this Olympic confrontation

I have a suggestion for breaking out of the impasse over the issue of Tibet and the Olympics. It is for the West to make the Dalai Lama the arbiter of whether we should attend the opening ceremonies or not. He's for the Olympic Games, after all, and says he wants them to be a success. It's the treatment of his people he is challenging.

Joan Smith: There are lies, damned lies and diary clashes

The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, has a diary clash. The French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, hasn't decided what he's doing that day. The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, never intended to be there anyway. With the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics less than four months away, 8 August 2008 is causing as much disarray among world leaders as the unwelcome discovery that a meteorite is hurtling towards us. How are they to react to this totally unexpected event, which has caused protests and threatens to call into question their commitment to human rights? Turn up and look shifty, following revelations that China has broken promises to improve its atrocious human rights record? Announce a boycott and risk the wrath of athletes and (in Brown's case) retaliatory action at the 2012 London games?

Gordon Brown will not attend Olympics opening

Gordon Brown will not attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics although he will be there for the closing of the Games, Downing Street confirmed tonight.

UN blunders with human rights logo resembling robes of the Dalai Lama

It must have seemed like a good idea at the time – redesigning the UN logo to mark the 60th anniversary of the world's most translated document, the UN Human Rights declaration.

Chinese 'show' tour of Lhasa backfires as monks storm in

Thirty maroon-robed Tibetan Buddhist monks, some weeping, stormed a carefully choreographed news briefing at the Jokhang temple in Lhasa yesterday, shouting: "Tibet is not free! Tibet is not free!"

Dominic Lawson: Why China might have Olympic regrets

It is pathetic that only violence on the part of the Tibetans has galvanised Western leaders

Alexander Studholme: The spirituality of Tibet is a lesson to China – and to us

Defying Dawkins and Mao, religion won't die out. Those in the confused majority should take note

Dalai Lama and his allies are out to destroy Olympics, says China

The Chinese government has defied international anger at its crackdown on Tibetan independence protests, accusing the Dalai Lama and his "splittist clique" of being out to destroy the Olympics and damage China's international reputation.

Congressional leader calls for international condemnation of China

A leading US politician walked hand in hand with the Dalai Lama and called on the international community to condemn China for its crackdown in Tibet.

Leading article: The Dalai Lama and a circle of oppression that needs to be broken

The seat of Tibet's government in exile in northern India has become more than usual a place of pilgrimage in recent days. Speaking from his office there on Thursday, the Dalai Lama announced that he would be prepared to go to Beijing, if there was "a concrete indication" that the Chinese were prepared to negotiate a mutually agreeable solution to the issue of Tibet.

A vital outpost for Tibetan exiles in Little Lhasa

While styled as the Tibetan government-in-exile, the Dalai Lama and his senior aides operate out of a small compound of ageing wooden chalets and buildings staffed mainly by monks in crimson robes. For all its importance to the Tibetan community, this "seat" of the government-in-exile has the air of an Swiss mountain resort that has long seen better days.

Dalai Lama: 'I am prepared to face China. I will go to Beijing'

As crisis over Tibet deepens, Dalai Lama makes extraordinary offer to negotiate directly with President Hu Jintao

China makes arrests in Tibet crackdown

Tibet authorities said today they had arrested dozens of people involved in a wave of anti-Chinese violence that has swept the mountain region and prompted Beijing to pour in troops to crush further unrest.

Foreign Office minister calls on Olympians to speak out

As Tibetan protesters continued to rally and demonstrate against Chinese rule, a Foreign Office minister delivered Britain's strongest condemnation yet of Beijing's handling of the crisis.

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