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Dalai Lama Gets Hope From Western Concern about Tibet

May 12, 2009

By VOA News
May 11, 2009

Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama,
says he gets hope from Western concern about
Chinese-ruled Tibet, even though the situation
seems hopeless when viewed from inside the region.

The Dalai Lama told U.S. cable news broadcaster
CNN Sunday that he seeks to preserve Tibetan
culture, which he said has been given a "death sentence" under Chinese rule.

He told CNN he believes the future of all human
beings is to live in an open society, under the
rule of law and a transparent government.

The Dalai Lama said he wants to negotiate with
China to provide a degree of cultural and
political autonomy for Tibetans where they live
in China, and not in a separate state.

China has accused the Nobel Peace Prize laureate
of seeking the separation of one quarter of China's territory.

The Dalai Lama said Tibetans in China, whether it
is intentional or not, face a kind of cultural
genocide.  But he said international opposition
and recent changes in China make it unlikely that
Tibetans will become a minority in their own
homeland like ethnic Mongolians in Inner Mongolia.

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, acknowledged
that his approach to dialogue with the Chinese
leadership has failed to improve the lives of
Tibetans in China.  However, he said there are
hopeful signs, such as the increasing support of Chinese intellectuals.

The Dalai Lama said it will be up to the Tibetan
people to decide on what path to take after his
death.  He said if he dies before Tibet has
autonomy, it is logical that his reincarnation
will be born outside Tibet in order to continue his work.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.
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