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One day I will win over the Chinese, says Dalai Lama

July 19, 2010

Indo-Asian News Service (IANS)
Hindustan Times
July 17, 2010

Dharamsala -- Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai
Lama has again expressed his firm belief that one
day he would win over the Chinese leaders to gain
genuine autonomy for the people living in Tibet,
but reiterated that he was not seeking separation
from China. "You know, I have my mantra, we are
not seeking independence, and the Chinese have their own mantra,

Tibet is part of China," the Nobel Peace laureate
said in an interview, according to a post on the
website of the Tibetan government-in-exile on Saturday.

"I believe the middle path will come true. In the
last 60 years, the same one party system has
changed, the obvious big change today is Chinese
communist has changed to capitalist communist," he said.

"Thinking is changing, great possibility our
middle way approach will come true. But very
gradually, very slowly, if I remain alive for the
next 10 to 15 years, I can see, if I die
tomorrow, I can't see the change," he said.

The Dalai Lama also said: "Tibet is not an issue
of Dalai Lama's institution, it's about the
well-being of six million Tibetan people and
their rights. So long as these rights do not
materialise, then the movement to realise the
just cause of Tibet will remain, whether I am
alive or not. Important is Buddhism and Tibetan
culture, not the institution of Dalai Lama."

Expressing his great hope over the realisation of
his middle-path approach in resolving the issue
of Tibet, the Dalai Lama, 75, said "the
preservation of Tibet's ancient culture, language
and religion is key to achieve the goal".

The Dalai Lama has been seeking greater autonomy
for Tibetans rather than complete independence.

However, the Chinese view him as a hostile
element bent on splitting Tibet from China.
Beijing frowns upon meetings between the Dalai Lama and foreign leaders.

The Dalai Lama along with many of his supporters
fled Tibet and took refuge in India when Chinese
troops moved in and took control of Lhasa in
1959. He has ever since been heading the Tibetan
government-in-exile from here, which is not
recognised by any country in the world.
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