The Tibetan spiritual leader says Chinese President Xi Jinping was ready to discuss autonomy, but hardliners in the government were preventing this.
Militant attacks in China's far western region have led to almost 100 deaths, the government has announced.
At least 33 people were killed after an attack by knife-wielding "terrorists" in the south-western city of Kunming late on Saturday.
China welcomed the Year of the Horse with toned down celebrations as people heeded govt pleas to go easy on firecrackers amid air pollution concerns.
A strong 6.6 magnitude earthquake has hit southwestern China's Sichuan province, killing at least 56 people and injuring about 600.
China has never promised South Sudan $8-billion in development funds after President Salva Kiir visited Beijing in April, a senior diplomat has said.
China's new president Xi Jinping will be under pressure to tackle growing inequality and pervasive corruption.
China's next manned space mission will launch between June and August, carrying three astronauts to an experimental space module, says a report.
Accusations by a US computer company that a secretive Chinese military unit is likely behind a series of hacking attacks are unreliable, says China.
Tibetans in a north-west part of China, which has been the focus of self-immolation protests against Chinese rule, have marked a grieved New Year.