Dalai Lama slams China on treatment of Nobel prize winner

Last Updated: Monday, October 11, 2010 - 21:15

Tokyo: Criticising China`s irate response to
awarding of Nobel Peace Prize to jailed dissident Liu Xiabao,
exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama said Beijing
must transform itself into a transparent society.

The Chinese government does "not appreciate different
opinions at all", the Tibetan leader told Kyodo news agency at
Narita International Airport while on his way from Mumbai to
US.

Dalai Lama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, said
the Chinese government must change to "build an open
transparent society and this is the only way to save all the
people of China."

Asked about the treatment of Liu, who is currently
imprisoned, the Dalai Lama said China had to transform itself
and pointed out that even Premier Wen Jiabao had said
political change was necessary.

The Tibetan spiritual leaders comments came in the wake
of Chinese government calling Liu "a criminal" and criticising
the Norwegian Noble Committee for honouring members of
dissident.

PTI



First Published: Monday, October 11, 2010 - 21:15
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