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China's "propaganda isn't going to work:' His Holiness the Dalai Lama

November 5, 2009

YC. Dhardhowa
The Tibet Post International
October 31, 2009

Noble Peace laureate His Holiness the Dalai Lama
on Satuarday in Tokyo, the Japanese capital calls
for international media to be allowed to visit
Tibet to assess conditions without the presence of armed security officers.

"If the reality in Tibet is what the government
says, and if the Tibetan people are happy, then
our information is wrong. We would have to
apologize and we would cease all our activities,”
he said, “But if it’s not as the government says,
then they should take a realistic approach at
solving the situation because propaganda isn’t going to work.”

Tibet’s biggest demonstrations throughout the
country in almost 20 years took place in March
2008, when thousands of Tibetans, including many
monks and nuns, marched to demand the return of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, an end to religious
restrictions and the release of Tibetan political
prisoners. Since March 2008, over 220 Tibetans
have been killed, 1294 injured, 4 executed by
death penalty, 290 sentenced, more than 5600
arrested or detained, and over 1000 disappeared
after the Chinese military cracked down harshly on Tibetans.

Allowing the media to report the truth about
Tibet would help China to build trust with other
countries and increase its authority in global
affairs, His Holiness asserted. “People should
have full knowledge of the reality, good or bad,
and that is lacking in all authoritarian
countries and especially in mainland China,” he
said. “This must change. If China is going to
take a more constructive role on this planet, trust is essential.”

Tibet's spiritual leader also stated on Saturday
that his decisions on where to travel were spiritual in nature, not political.

His Holiness said he believed that the Chinese
government saw him as a "troublemaker" and had
read too much political meaning into his frequent travels abroad.

"The Chinese government considers me a
troublemaker, so it is my duty to create more
trouble," he quipped. "The Chinese government
politicizes too much wherever I go. Where I go is not political."

Chinese government officials have also strongly
opposed his planned visit to India's northeastern
state of Arunachal Pradesh next month, a region
that is at the heart of a long-running border
dispute with China. He is scheduled to visit the
Tawang Buddhist monastery in the state on 8 November.

"I am surprised the Chinese government is
negative about my visit," he expressed.

"If my visit creates problems, I’m very sad,
that’s all," the 74 year-old Nobel Peace Prize
winner told reporters in Tokyo today. "It was a
fearful journey with great anxiety, and when I
reached the Tawang area it was an immense relief.
I have great feelings about the area."

His Holiness will give Buddhist teachings, hold a
dialogue with scientists and interact widely with
the public. His Holiness has no confirmations to
meet with Japanese official leaders in the capital, Tokyo.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama's nine-day visit is
at the request of the Shikoku Buddhist
Association and the Okinawa Mahabodhi
Association. He was received by Makino Seishu,
Member of Parliament and a long-time friend of
Tibet, Japanese supporters, Indian students,
western tourists and Chinese and Taiwanese
businessmen, along with other people of Japanese,
Chinese, Mongolian and Tibetan origins. This is
his 12th visit to Japan, the first of which took
place in 1967 when His Holiness, left his exile
home in India to travel abroad for the first time.
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