A leading US politician has delivered a hard-hitting attack on Beijing over what she called "Chinese oppression" in Tibet. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi was commenting after meeting the Dalai Lama in India. She was leading a congressional delegation in a visit planned before unrest erupted in Tibet last week.
Pelosi said events there were "a challenge to the conscience of the world": "Nothing surprises me about the use of violence on the part of the Chinese government, but I would hope that world opinion would come down heavily on them saying, please don't act in a violent way."
The situation in Tibet has led to protests in several countries and there were more outside the Chinese embassy in New Delhi today.
Campaigners are calling for a boycott of the summer's Olympics in Beijing. Despite Pelosi's strong words there is no indication the US or other Western nations are poised to withdraw from the Games.
China has maintained all along it will take a tough line against rioters in Tibet. State media has published pictures of people allegedly involved in the disturbances as officials urged the public to turn them in.
Pelosi has also called for an international probe to clear the Dalai Lama's name after Beijing accused him of orchestrating the violence. He has called for an end to the rioting.