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Dalai Lama asks China to reset its minority policy

August 10, 2009

Tibetan Review
August 8, 2009

Citing the recent major disturbances in Tibet and
Xinjiang, the Dalai Lama has urged China to try
transparency and honesty in place of money and
force to win the trust of minorities. "Only money
will not bring (about the) good image of China
and trust. Trust is based on transparency and
honesty," the AFP Aug 6 quoted him as telling
journalists in Geneva on Aug 6. It cited him a
saying "moral authority is very essential" even
if China were to become a superpower.

He had suggested that rather than just try and
buy the support of minorities, China carry out a
"scientific review of the policies" and adopt a
more holistic approach in its bid to win trust their.

The Dalai Lama expressed disappointment that
though well aware that he was not seeking Tibetan
independence, Beijing was still making the
accusation for propaganda purposes. He had
pointed out that Chinese leaders had acknowledged
openly in dialogue with his representatives in
2006 that he was not seeking a separate state,
but then intensified its personal attacks later that same year.

"This is not a problem of a misunderstanding of
the issue, rather it indicates that it was
beneficial to them then to criticise the Dalai
Lama," he was further quoted as saying.

Reuters Aug 6 cited the Dalai Lama as saying the
Jul 5-7 ethnic riots in Xinjiang had exposed the
failings of Beijing's minority policies, and a
more "realistic" stance toward Tibetans and
others could emerge within a decade. He was also
cited as saying there were no talks underway
between Beijing and the exiled Tibetans he leads
on the future of Chinese rule in his Himalayan homeland.

"After five years, 10 years, I think things will
change," he was quoted saying, adding that many
Chinese leaders privately acknowledged a need "to
bring a more realistic policy".
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