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"Canada can, within a positive friendly atmosphere, ask the Chinese government to resolve the Tibetan situation."

"Changing" China fuels Tibet hope

May 30, 2010

OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, Calcutta Telegraph

Patna, May 27: The Dalai Lama today hoped that the Tibetan issue would
be resolved in the near future with China adhering to ?liberal values?
and a section of its leaders and academics taking up cudgels for
Tibetans."Over 1,000 leaders, academics and writers have come forward to
support the cause of Tibetans, suffering atrocities and slavery. Liberal
values are taking roots in erstwhile orthodox China and the phenomenon
of change should help resolve the over-five-decade-old issue,? the
Tibetan spiritual leader said.

He added that China was historically and spiritually a Buddhist country
as there are over 200 million people practising Buddhism. ?China has
more Buddhists than India. But it should regard India as its spiritual
guru because India is the land of Lord Buddha."

The spiritual leader was speaking to the media after the inauguration of
Buddha memorial park, which he named Pataliputra Karuna Stupa, near
Patna junction railway station. Built at a cost of Rs 125 crore, the
park has come up on a 22-acre plot where Bankipore jail had once stood.
The jail has been shifted to Beur.

Rejecting the Chinese claim over Arunachal Pradesh, the Dalai Lama said,
?Arunachal Pradesh is a part of India as per international sanctions and
agreements."

He also had a word of praise for Bihar under chief minister Nitish
Kumar. ?It looks that the state is changing for the better,? the Dalai
Lama observed.

The Dalai Lama planted saplings of Mahabodi banyan tree brought from
Anuradhapur in Sri Lanka and Bodh Gaya at the park. The holy relics of
Buddhist era brought from Thailand, Myanmar, South Korea, Sri Lanka and
Japan were also installed. He lit a lamp and took part in a religious
ceremony before inaugurating a Buddhist structure.

He was accompanied by Governor Devanand Kunwar, Nitish Kumar and deputy
chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi. The event was also attended by
delegates from Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Japan and Thailand.
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