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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

'Chinese gov't more hardline, intellectuals more understanding'

February 23, 2010

Tibetan Review
February 22, 2010

While the Chinese government policy against him
had hardened, there was growing understanding of
and support for his middle-way position among
China’s intellectual community, the Los Angeles
Times online Feb 20 cited the Dalai Lama as
saying in an interview Feb 20 in Los Angeles.

"The number of Chinese intellectuals and writers
[coming] out, they openly support our middle way
approach and [are] very critical of their own
government policy," the report quoted him as saying, speaking in English.

He has said their sympathy had grown especially
after the 2008 protests across the Tibetan
Plateau which prompted a swift, violent response
from Chinese authorities. Since then, he has
said, he has met many Chinese who say they were
unaware of the Tibetan issue until the
demonstrations. Now, he has added, they find his
call for a self-governing Tibet that remains a
part of China to be "very sensible, very logical."

One indication of this, he has said, was that
Chinese writers had published 800 articles in
support of Tibetan autonomy, 300 of them in China itself.

Lack of free information in China

In another brief interview on the same day, the
Dalai Lama had told Reuters that the United
States and other countries could help him by
promoting an open society in China. "Censorship
... is the source of the problem," it quoted him
as saying. But as matters stand now, he has said,
"The Chinese people have no opportunity to know our issue."

"Once China becomes an open society -- freedom of
speech, freedom of press, freedom of information
-- all this unnecessary fear and doubt will
reduce," he said. "That's the real answer for this problem.

He has said lack of free information has helped
the Chinese government to portray him as a demon and a terrorist.
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