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Dalai Lama asks Tibetans to respect China's glory

June 14, 2008

Annabel Stafford
The Age (Australia)
June 13, 2008

THE Dalai Lama is feted for his patient forbearance, but he admitted
yesterday that after 60 years of conflict with China, Tibetans were
getting resentful.

"From grandparent to parent, parent to children, children to
grandchildren (the problem has continued)," he told journalists at a
press conference in Sydney.

And after all that time, there was "some resentment, some
dissatisfaction in minds of Tibetans", he said.
But despite this subdued protest and a playful dig at the Chinese
official who recently called the Communist Party the real Buddha for
Tibetans â€" the Chinese Government had to deal in realities, the
Dalai Lama pointed out ­ the spiritual leader was in a
characteristically conciliatorry mood.

The exiled Tibetan urged his countrymen not to protest against the
Olympic torch when it comes to Tibet this month, because their
Chinese brothers and sisters were very proud of it, "so we should
respect that".
And he said he was optimistic about the future of Tibet, given the
improvements in human rights and openness that had been achieved in
China itself over the past 30 years.

Nor was the Dalai Lama upset that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd could not
meet him. He was here for spiritual not political reasons, so it was
no problem, he said, echoing similar comments he made back in 2002
when then prime minister John Howard snubbed him.

Mr Rudd has said he couldn't meet the Dalai Lama because he would be
overseas, though Ian Green, chairman of the Dalai Lama in Australia
group, said the spiritual leader's travel plans would have allowed a
meeting between the two men.

Instead, the Dalai Lama will meet Immigration Minister Chris Evans
â€" who will be acting prime minister while Mr Rudd and Deputy PM
Julia Gillard are overseas ­ today. He will also meet Foreign
Minister Stephhen Smith.

There was even a diplomatic answer to a question about recent
comments by Hollywood actress Sharon Stone in which she suggested the
Sichuan earthquake was the result of bad karma generated from China's
oppression of Tibet.

Buddhists believed everything ­ from the Burma cyclone to the
Sichuuan earthquake ­ had karmic roots, but as for Stone's view that
it wwas karma for Tibet, he knew nothing about it.

Talks planned between Chinese officials and Tibetan representatives
planned for this week have been postponed because of the Sichuan
earthquake, but the Dalai Lama said yesterday he was confident they
would be rescheduled soon. The talks were agreed to by China in the
wake of rioting in Tibet in March and a subsequent crackdown by
Chinese authorities.

During a visit to China in April, Mr Rudd confronted the Chinese
leadership over human rights problems in Tibet and urged dialogue
between China and Tibet to resolve the impasse.

Australia-Tibet Council president Paul Bourke said yesterday that Mr
Rudd's strong relationship with China put him in a good position to
be "outspoken" on the Tibet issue and urge the Chinese Government to
enter into a meaningful dialogue with Tibetan leaders
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