Jimmy Carter and the Dalai Lama in 2002. During Carter’s presidency, the U.S. sought, without much success, to assure China that it viewed the Dalai Lama as a religious figure, not a political leader. Source: The Nobel Peace Prize for 2002.
Documents show splits within both China and Tibetan exile community, turning point in Carter years
China "mismanaged" Tibet from Dalai Lama's exile in 1959 to U.S. normalization in 1979, bringing "disaster" to most Tibetans