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Dalai Lama suggests China could be behind Tibet unrest

March 31, 2008

Hindustan Times
March 29, 2008

As Beijing continues to batter him with charges of "masterminding" the
Lhasa unrest, the Dalai Lama on Saturday suggested that China itself
could be behind the violence and expressed readiness to work with the
Chinese authorities to restore peace in Tibet.

The Dalai Lama, who has been seeking dialogue to resolve Tibet issue,
voiced frustration at lack of response from China and declared that the
future of his 'middle-path' approach would depend on Beijing's attitude
in the next few weeks.

At a press conference, he sought the help of the international community
to bring China to the dialogue table, saying the Tibetans had "no power"
to do so.

"Tibetans are non-violent people," the spiritual leader maintained
rubbishing allegations by China that he and his supporters were behind
the recent violence in Tibet.

He suggested that China itself could be behind the violence as he said
"we have heard about a few hundred Chinese soldiers received monks' dress."

"They (soldiers) dressed like monks. So, for a lay person, they will
look like monks. But the swords they had, were not Tibetan, they were
Chinese swords," he said, apparently responding to China's campaign that
monks had indulged in violence.

Maintaining that he has "no desire to seek Tibet's separation" nor "any
wish to drive a wedge between the Tibetan and Chinese peoples," the
Dalai Lama expressed willingness to work with the Chinese authorities to
"bring about peace and stability in Tibet."

The Dalai Lama, who earlier led an inter-faith prayer at Rajghat in the
memory of those killed in Lhasa, said his primary concern was to ensure
the survival of the Tibetan people's distinctive culture, language and
identity.

"My side is open for dialogue. We are waiting to hear from the Chinese
side," he said before heading back to Dharamshala, the seat of his
'government-in-exile'.

"We have no power to bring China to the dialogue table. We have only
truth and sincerity. That is why we are appealing to the world
community, please help," the Tibetan leader said.

He said the attitude of the Chinese government over the next few weeks
would be crucial to decide the future of his "middle-path" approach to
resolve the Tibet issue.

Expressing his keenness to return to Tibet, the Dalai Lama said it would
be of "no use" if he had to return without a "certain degree of freedom".

He also sought to allay China's concerns that Tibetans may cause trouble
during the India-leg of the Olympic torch relay, saying he was in favour
of Beijing hosting the mega sporting event.

The Dalai Lama said that Tibetans were neither anti-China nor seeking
separation from the mailand. "We only want meaningful autonomy and not
independence from China. Remaining with China is in our own larger
interest," he said.

He said the Tibetans only want full "guarantee and assurance" from the
Chinese government that it would preserve their cultural heritage and
provide them with complete religious freedom.

The Dalai Lama said Chinese demographic aggression is threatening
Tibetan culture as a large number of non-Tibetans were settling in
Tibetan region.

"Half-a-million Chinese people are already there and there are plans to
settle over one million Chinese people after the Olympic Games," he said.

He also warned that China faced instability in the future as there was a
lot of resentment beneath the appearance of
stability in the country.

"China looks stable, but underneath there is a lot of resentment," the
Dalai Lama said calling it a police state where there is a "rule of terror".

He said besides spiritual advancement, Tibetans also need material
development and urged Tibetans to opt for higher education, training and
help in the progress of their motherland.
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