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I hoped for change in China's Tibet policy after last year's unrest: Dalai Lama

August 28, 2009

His Holiness all set to visit Taiwan
Phayul
August 27, 2009

Dharamsala, August 27 -- His Holiness the Dalai
Lama said he hoped for a change in Chinese
government’s policy regarding Tibet after last
year’s protests and unrest there, reported the Voice of Tibet radio service.

"Last year’s protests were not just in the Tibet
Autonomous Region but also in the Tibetan areas
of Qinghai, Yunnan, Gansu and Sichuan. So I
really was hopeful that China would adopt a more
realistic approach, ” the 74 year old Tibetan
leader said, adding that he hoped China would
accept the real situation in Tibet and eventually
change its Tibet policy. “But that did not
happen. Instead, they resorted to violent
measures of crackdown on the Tibetans. ”

His Holiness was speaking Wednesday to a
gathering of more than a thousand people at the
playground of Choglamsar TCV School near Leh, Ladakh.

The Tibetan leader also said he knew of about 680
articles and essays in Chinese language on the
Internet supporting the Tibetan people, and also
criticizing the Chinese government’s policies in Tibet.

All these articles by Chinese writers and
intellectuals, His Holiness said, were supportive
of Tibetans. "Some of them even said the Tibetan
people had the right to seek independence from China.”

The 1989 Nobel laureate also said that some
Chinese leaders have even called for a change in
the Chinese government’s policies towards ethnic
minorities following the recent ethnic tensions in Xinjiang.

After concluding Ladakh tour on August 29, His
Holiness will head for Taiwan where leaders of
seven municipalities hit by Morakot have invited
him to console the victims and their families.
His Holiness will be in Taiwan from 31 August- 3
September during which he will deliver speeches
and visit the areas affected by the Typhoon.

His Holiness's last two visits to the island in
March 1997 and April 2001 were during the rule of
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), that held a
more antagonistic view towards China than the
ruling Kuomintang government with a more friendly
approach. China lashed out at His Holiness and
Taiwan during the Tibetan leader's last visits to
the island calling the visits a plot to split
Taiwan from China. So far, no condemnation from
China of His Holiness' scheduled visit to Taiwan
has emerged in the Chinese state-run news agency.
But analysts seem certain that the Taiwanese
president Ma Ying-jeo is headed for Beijing's rebuke in the coming days.
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