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Dalai Lama Calls on China to "Embrace Egalitarian Principles"

June 8, 2009

DigitalJournal.com - Toronto
Jun 4, 2009

In a press release from the Tibet Office in Pretoria, the Dalai Lama called
on China to embrace more open principles of government. In his statement,
the Dalai Lama paid respects to:

    Those who died expressing popular demand for the government to be more
accountable to its people.


The exiled Tibetan leader praised China’s advances, but expressed a desire
for a more accommodating attitude. He said:

    Great changes have taken place in the People’s Republic of China since
1989. Today, it is a global economic power poised to become a superpower. It
is my hope that the Chinese leaders have the courage and far-sightedness to
embrace more truly egalitarian principles and pursue a policy of greater
accommodation and tolerance of diverse views. A policy of openness and
realism can lead to greater trust and harmony within China and enhance its
international standing as a truly great nation.

Referring to those involved in protests in Beijing 20 years ago, the Dalai
Lama added:

    The students involved in the Tiananmen Square movement were neither
anti-communist nor anti-socialist. The speaking out in defense of the
Chinese people’s constitutional rights in favour of democracy, and taking a
stand against corruption, truly conformed to the underlying beliefs of the
Chinese Communist government. This was confidently stated by the then Party
chief Zhao Ziyang.

Zhao, who sympathised with the students and other demonstrators, was ousted
from his leadership of the Communist Party of China. He was placed under
house arrest until his death in 2005.

Meanwhile Time magazine reports that a new book, Prisoner of the State, The
Secret Journal of Premier Zhao Ziyang, reveals that Zhao was drawn to
democracy and eventually believed China should adopt a parliamentary system.
The former premier recorded his thoughts on music tapes that were smuggled
out of his house by other former Communist Party members.
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