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Dalai Lama praises Harper for balancing Tibetan rights with Chinese trade

The Dalai Lama is praising Prime Minister Stephen Harper for balancing human rights with the need to further economic ties with China.

The Tibetan spiritual leader came to Ottawa to attend a convention of world parliamentarians on Tibet.

His public talk on Saturday was organized by the Canadian Tibetan community.

The 76-year-old Buddhist touched on the brief meeting he had with Harper on Friday during a news conference held later.

The Dalai lama says he thinks Harper has done very well at developing a good relationship with China while fostering Canada’s democratic values.

Harper irritated China when he met publicly with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, who China considers a dangerous separatist.

The Dalai Lama fled his homeland in 1959, nine years after Chinese troops invaded Tibet.