Dalai Lama awaiting `signals` from Beijing to resume talks

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.

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.

Bureau Report

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