The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, says he is willing to return to Tibet but only if China allows him back without any pre-conditions.
In an interview with a UK newspaper, The Guardian, the Dalai Lama said meaningful negotiations had not yet taken place with the Chinese authorities.
For the moment, he said, the important thing was to try to build confidence and understanding.
He said he was not looking for Tibetan independence but for real autonomy within China.
The Dalai Lama is visiting the United States, where he is due to meet President Bush.
China has repeated its call to the US to keep what it says is a promise to acknowledge Tibet as part of China.