New Delhi — Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to meet the Dalai Lama during a 2014 visit to India but a “cautious” Delhi did not allow it to happen, a new book has claimed. The 83-year-old Buddhist monk has made India his home since fleeing the Tibetan capital Lhasa in 1959 — and has been a thorn in Beijing’s side ever since. “In 2014, when Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Delhi for talks with Prime Minister [Narendra] Modi, I requested a meeting with him,” author Sonia Singh quotes the Dalai Lama as saying. “President Xi Jinping agreed, but the Indian government was cautious about the meeting, so it didn’t happen,” according to excerpts from the book published on Wednesday. Good relations paramount In the book, Defining India — Through Their Eyes, Singh said Modi’s government was concerned about maintaining good relations with China. The Dalai Lama’s spokesperson Tenzin Taklha said he did not have any comments to make, without either confirming or denying the contents in t...

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