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China Needs to open up, says His Holiness the Dalai Lama

October 17, 2010

Tibet House Japan
October 11, 2010]

Tokyo -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama on His way
to three weeks schedule in US and Canada
transited Japan and made a brief stop at Tokyo
Narita. His Holiness' transit came at a time when
the news of Liu Xiaobo, a prominent Chinese
dissident being awarded Nobel Peace Prize has
become a popular news piece here. Japanese NHK
television and Kyodo Tsushin team conducted a
brief interview of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on this matter.

"It is a timely and very appropriate that the
2010 Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to Mr. Liu
Xiaobo. Through this award his effort to bring
freedom and democracy in China through
non-violent means is recognized by the world.
Chinese leaders now need to open up and come out
from that narrow-minded attitude. The leadership
should accept the reality, what the Chinese
people are demanding is what is already being
provided in the nation's constitution. Blocking
BBC, CNN and news media will not help. It will
only bring bad name to China." Said His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

For a message to Mr. Liu Xiaobo, His Holiness
said, "the world has recognized your noble
effort, despite the temporary setback, you should
not lose your heart. Keep up your moral strength
and determination. The world is behind you."

His Holiness consoled Mrs. Liu not to get
discouraged. When asked if this Nobel Peace Prize
could bring change in China, His Holiness said,
"change in China depends on many factors, yes,
this Nobel Peace Prize is one of the many
factors. China needs many Liu Xiaobo to bring change."

His Holiness appreciated the recent speech by
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on democracy and
indispensability of freedom of speech in China,
"this is good, Chinese leadership should work
toward the ideals of democracy and freedom. This
is good for China and for all." He said.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the entourages
left for San Francisco in the evening on the same day.
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