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Dalai trusts all but Chinese officials

November 25, 2008

The Statesman (India)
November 23, 2008

SHIMLA, Nov. 23 -- The Dalai Lama stated today that his own future
and the future of the Tibetan issue depended "on the rest of the
world." He said his faith in the Chinese officials was becoming
"thinner and thinner" while his faith in the Chinese people was
"growing stronger and stronger" and advised the Tibetans to "develop
good relations" with the Hun Chinese people.

He was addressing the national and international media at the end of
a six-day conclave attended by hundreds of Tibetan exiles for
discussing the vexed issue at his headquarters at McLeodganj, Dharamsala.

Affirming his "strong faith that we will return to our homeland one
day," the Dalai Lama said the problem was "man-made" and the solution
needed "a holistic view." The people showing concern and sympathy for
our cause should not be seen as "pro-Tibetan" but as "advocates of justice".

Acknowledging India's support, the Tibetan leader, however, said that
"in certain matters, the Indian government becomes too cautious".
Advocating "Hindi-Chini bhai-bhai relationship between the two giant
nations", the Tibetan leader said that in order to bring them closer,
there was need to tackle the Tibetan problem. The Chinese military
presence in Tibet was making it all more "uncomfortable," he said.

Referring to some delegates' concern during the conclave, he said
that the continuation of the institution of Dalai Lama after his life
would depend on the people's will. It could be by democratic
election, seniority, or by the traditional system and the successor
could also be a woman. "I am semi-retired, acting like a senior
advisor. When the time comes to return (to the homeland), I will
totally give up my responsibility".

Significantly, the Dalai Lama also had a word of praise for the
Karmapa who he said was "well-equipped to discharge the responsibilities".

Meanwhile, the Dalai Lama, kept everyone guessing about his
successor, saying the issue was open on whether a new head was
required, and added that it could be a young boy or a girl.
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