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I am an Honest Friend of China: Dalai Lama

June 15, 2008

AGENCIES
The Financial Times (India)
June 14, 2008

MELBOURNE -- The spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai
Lama, believes that he is an honest friend of China and describes
himself as pro-Chinese.

"Actually as far as social economy goes, I'm a Marxist. I am more red
than the Chinese leaders, who seem to be only concerned with money.
In Marxist theory there is a concern with the equal distribution of
wealth. So this has a moral principle which capitalist theory
doesn't," he said.

"I don't agree with the authoritarian side. Authoritarianism has
ruined Marxism," The Australian quoted him, as saying.

The Dalai Lama does not seek independence from China for Tibet and
the six million Tibetans who live there and in surrounding Chinese
provinces. Nor does he support violence of any kind, not that
directed at the Chinese state or conducted by anyone else.

He proposes a middle way, in which China would grant Tibet a degree
of internal autonomy under a one-country, two-systems style of
arrangements somewhat similar to those pertaining in Hong Kong.

The Dalai stressed how pro-Chinese he is, and said that he has never
urged a boycott of the Beijing Olympics and wants other countries to
go to Beijing.

The Australian reported that he supported China's entry into the
World Trade Organisation and has consistently supported all
reasonable outside engagement with China.

However, he also tells the truth about China's behaviour inside
Tibet, which is frankly appalling and accuses Beijing of undertaking
cultural genocide in Tibet.

"The Chinese Government accuses us, they say these problems
(demonstrations in Tibet) are started from outside, by the Dalai
clique," the Dalai Lama said.

"So I want to carry out investigations. I say to the Chinese, please
allow the international community, the international media, to go to
Tibet, and I say to the international community and media, please go
there and see what's happening," he added.

In the fifth round of talks in February 2006, he told The Australian,
the Chinese acknowledged that Tibetans were not seeking independence:
"But then in April-May 2006 the Chinese intensified their accusations
against me as a splittist, and political repression in nunneries and
monasteries (in Tibet) increased."

As a result, he says, his own people are criticising his moderate,
middle-path approach.

The Dalai Lama is hopeful of one day returning to Tibet after forging
a compromise with Beijing. He does not believe the communists can win
forever through repression alone.
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