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Resolution of Tibetan issue key for Indo-China ties: Dalai Lama

November 16, 2007

Press Trust Of India
New Delhi, November 03, 2007
First Published: 15:36 IST(3/11/2007)
Last Updated: 15:44 IST(3/11/2007)

Maintaining that resolution of Tibetan issue was vital for betterment 
of Indo-China ties, the Dalai Lama on Saturday favoured "genuine 
friendship" between the two Asian giants, rekindling the 'Hindi-Chini 
bhai bhai' spirit.

Addressing a function from which all Union Ministers kept away, the 
Tibetan spiritual leader attacked the Chinese government for 
continuing the policy of "suppression" in Tibet and warned that use 
of "gun" and "force" would only spew "more resentment and anger".

"Resolution of issue of Tibet is relevant for India-China 
relationship. I really wish to see a genuine friendship between India 
and China," he said after being felicitated by some NGOs and 
religious leaders here.

"I want to see the rekindling of the spirit of Hindi-Chini bhai 
bhai," said the Dalai Lama who just returned from a visit to the US.

Making it clear that he did not aspire to hold any "political 
position" if a local Tibetan government is formed, he quipped that he 
was already in the "semi-retirement" phase and would contribute to 
the Tibetan cause as a "senior adviser".

Union Ministers kept away from the function following an advisory by 
the Cabinet Secretariat, apparently not to ruffle feathers in China 
which had voiced strong objection to the US honouring the Tibetan 
leader recently.

Lashing out at China for following the "policy of suppression" in 
Tibet, the Dalai Lama said "genuine harmony should come from the 
heart and not from the gun".
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