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India uses rumor of Dalai Lama's ill health to mend China ties

If Tibetan exile flow is stemmed, Beijing might compromise on territorial claim

DHARAMSALA -- Rumors are flying around in this northern Indian city, home to the Tibetan government-in-exile, that the 14th Dalai Lama is suffering from terminal cancer.

With Tibetan exiles deeply worried about the 83-year-old religious leader, the Indian government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been using the situation to take a more conciliatory approach to China. Modi also seems to be lowering the standing of the Tibetan government-in-exile.

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