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Dalai Lama praises Tibet's development under China

January 22, 2008

The Cheers

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has said that Tibet gains greater
material benefit remaining under China though, they should have
meaningful autonomy.

"We are not seeking independence for our own interest. Every Tibetan
wants Tibet to modernise. Therefore as far as material development is
concerned, we get greater benefit Tibet remains within People Republic
of China. That's our thinking provided we should have meaningful
autonomy," the Dalai Lama said while addressing students of Indian
Institute of Management (IIM).

The Dalai Lama also said he is fighting for the wholesome interest of
Tibet, which vests in a modern and realistic autonomous Tibet.

The Dalai Lama set up his seat of power in Dharamsala after he and his
followers had fled to India in 1959, following a failed uprising against
Chinese occupation of Tibet.

The Dalai Lama now says he has accepted Chinese sovereignty over Tibet,
but wants greater autonomy, not independence, for his predominantly
Buddhist homeland.

Beijing considered him a separatist and accused him of continuing to
promote Tibetan independence.

The Dalai Lama is still revered by most Tibetans inside the Himalayan
region despite repeated campaigns to stamp out loyalty to him. (ANI)
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