November 14, 2010
   Posted in News Flash
Published By Tashi
His Holiness Speaks about Faith on Chinese People and Quest for Genuine Autonomy
[Sunday, 15 November 2010, 6:19 p.m.]

Hiroshima, Japan:
His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave interview to Time Magazine and
Kategaho, a Japanese magazine on Saturday morning. In the interview,
His Holiness answered and gave many clarifications on various questions
raised.
 
Answering
to a question about Tibet’s independence and autonomy, His Holiness
said that our stand has been very clear since early 1970s, “in
fact, during Mao’s time, when I returned back from Beijing, I was full
of enthusiasm and hope. I even said I want to join the communist
party. The 17-point agreement was also based on ‘one country, two
system’. But Chinese government never kept their promise. By
1959, things became very difficult and we were forced to escape Tibet.
 
“After
all the rehabilitation process, around 1970s, our people seriously
discussed about our stand, and we agreed on genuine autonomy as a most
 feasible approach. Since then our stand has been very clear, we
negotiated with Chinese government several times without any result.
Special meeting was organised in November 2008, to discuss the future
course of action, although there were many who voiced for full
independence, majority agreed on genuine autonomy. So we are not
seeking political separation, but we need meaningful autonomy to
practice our culture and religion,” His Holiness said.
 
On
his faith and hope, His Holiness said that when Hu Jintao assumed the
Chinese leadership, “I was little optimistic, but nothing changed. In
2008, I said my faith in Chinese government has become thinner, but my
faith and hope with Chinese public has increased. Support from Chinese
intellectuals is tremendous. 
I
am impressed. I very much agree with Hu Jintao’s ‘harmonious society’
concept, but harmony depends on trust and respect. It cannot be forced
through use of fear and violence. His goal is good, method is wrong.”
said His Holiness.
 
Asked
for his comment on Liu Xiaobo winning Nobel Peace Prize and his
imprisonment, His Holiness said he very much support Mr Liu Xiaobo, “he
has called for open society, transparency and democracy in China, this
is good for China in the long run. When Liu Xiaobo came up with
Charter-08, I supported it. This Nobel Peace Prize award is
international recognition of his effort, it is not about toppling
Chinese government. Even Premier Wen Jiabao said about the freedom
and democracy. This is good sign,” explained His Holiness the Dalai
Lama.
 
About
the growing sense of frustration among the people, their demand for
independence and the Tibetan issue after him, His Holiness said Chinese
leadership thinks that Tibetan issue will have a natural death after
him. “This is wrong, Tibet has a long political, cultural and religious
history, its language is very rich. There is a growing sense of Tibetan
identity. Dalai Lama’s institution is 500 years old only, whereas
Tibetan history goes back to more than 3000 years. And now, we have
an elected leadership based on democratic principle.”
 
In
the afternoon, His Holiness attended the second day of the World Summit
of Nobel Peace Laureates, in which discussion and debate was done on –
Progress towards a world without nuclear weapon and consequences of the
use of nuclear weapons.
 
On
nuclear disarmament, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, “external
disarmament is very necessary, but ultimately it is related to inner
disarmament. So long as anger and hatred remain, external disarmament
will a have little effect. We also need to think seriously about the
concept of ‘we and they’, this is the source of many problems. We need
to work on a way to include all the 7 billion people of this world into
the category of ‘we’,” said His Holiness.
 
The
Nobel Laureates further discussed on the world without nuclear weapon
and drafted Hiroshima declaration, which will be announced Sunday to
the delegates and the media.       
 
–Report filed by Tsewang Gyalpo Arya, Office of Tibet, Japan
Share with your friends










Submit