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Dalai Lama awaiting 'signals' from Beijing to resume talks

August 12, 2009

Bureau Report
ZeeNews (India)
August 10, 2009

London -- Observing that China is "much changed" than it was 40-years
back, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has said that he was
"hopeful" of a solution to the protracted Tibet issue and was waiting
for signals from Beijing to break the deadlock on talks.

"I think today's China compared with 30-40 years ago, much changed,
much more opportunities to access the reality," he said in an
interview to BBC Chinese Service.

"When I look more holistically or from a wider perspective, I'm very
much optimistic, hopeful," the 74-year old Nobel laureate said when
asked to comment on the prospects of finding a solution to the Tibet issue.

However, he warned that there were "growing signs" of frustration
among Tibetans, not only outside Tibet but inside also over the
deadlock in talks, the last round of which was held in November last year.

The exiled Tibetan leader said he was "simply waiting" for signals
from Beijing on the resumption of negotiations.

There was no contact with Beijing at the moment, but he said: "We are
simply waiting [for Beijing to send signals]. Send us a message.
We're ready to send (a delegation)".

At the same time he was critical of the ruling Communist party's
attitude towards the Tibet issue.

"They always look from one angle, how to keep their power, their
control. They don't care about the environment, about education,
religious freedom and all these things," he said.

"... therefore we are seeking mutually beneficial and mutually
agreeable solution. Their side, they don't care about our basic
rights. And then mainly distrust," the Dalai Lama said.

"It is quite sad the Chinese side always tried to pick up the
negative side and forget about the positive side. That's a mistake.
That's not a scientific way or objective way to look," he said.

While acknowledging that the Chinese Communist Party was adaptive to
new realities, he described Beijing's policy on ethnic minorities as
"a failure", saying its approach to the autonomous regions of
Xinjiang and Tibet was not realistic.

"As the world noticed, totalitarian system usually is just the
one-sided presentation about anything like that... Anyway I think it
is a clear indication that now nearly 60 year's policy regarding the
minorities is a failure, I think," the Dalai Lama, who has lived in
India since fleeing Tibet after a failed uprising in 1959 against
Chinese rule, said.

On the future of the relationship between the Chinese government and
the exiled Tibetan community, he warned that there was a lot of
resentment among the younger generations.

He indicated that as long as was alive, the Tibetans would follow his
instructions on non-violence. However, he said after he is gone, they
would have a free hand, and "It is quite serious".

While agreeing that economic growth was essential, he said human
beings should not be treated like animals.
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