Dalai Lama: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said he is ready for talks with China on the problems of Tibetans. The Chinese want to contact him “officially or unofficially”. Now even China has realized that the spirit of the Tibetan people is very strong. So, they want to approach me to deal with Tibetan problems. I am ready too.
The Dalai Lama made this statement while talking to reporters in Himachal’s Dharamshala before leaving for Delhi and Ladakh. Journalists asked if he wanted to resume talks with China? In response to this question, the Dalai Lama said, ‘We are not asking for independence, we have decided for many years that we will remain a part of the People’s Republic of China… Now China is changing. The Chinese want to contact me, officially or unofficially.
#WATCH | Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh | Spiritual leader Dalai Lama says, “I am always open to talk. Now China also realises that the spirit of Tibetan people is very strong. So, in order to deal with Tibetan problems they want to contact me. I am also ready. We are not seeking… pic.twitter.com/anNEpMTYbb
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Celebrated his 88th birthday two days ago
The Dalai Lama celebrated his 88th birthday on 6 July. Also visited the main Tibetan temple compound in Dharamsala near his residence. Addressing the gathering during the ceremony, the Dalai Lama said, ‘I was born in Tibet and my name is Dalai Lama, but apart from working for the benefit of Tibet, I am working for the welfare of all sentient beings . I am not angry with anyone, not even the Chinese leaders who have taken a hard line towards Tibet. In fact, China has historically been a Buddhist country. I have seen many temples and monasteries there.
The Dalai Lama has adopted a soft stance on China in the past as well.
The Dalai Lama has previously said that most people in China realize that he is not seeking independence within China, but meaningful autonomy and protection of Tibetan Buddhist culture. Last year, during his visit to Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh, he had told reporters in Jammu that not the Chinese people, but some Chinese hardliners consider me a separatist. Now, more and more Chinese are realizing that the Dalai Lama is not seeking independence but autonomy within China and the protection of Tibetan Buddhist culture.
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