Dalai Lama Optimistic About Tibet Autonomy

The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama reiterated his hope in the middle way policy for acheiving peaceful co-existence between the Tibetan and Chinese people based on equality and mutual co-operation.

In an hour-long interview with Bernama, Malaysian national news agency, the Tibetan leader spoke with optimism about the middle way approach. "I believe middle path will come true. 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.

The Dalai Lama asserted that Tibet under his leadership is not seeking independence from China but genuine autonomy for all Tibetan people within the People’s Republic of China.

"Tibet is not an issue of the Dalai Lama institution. It's about the well-being of six million Tibetan people and their rights.” said the Tibetan leader who turned 75 on June 6. "So long as these rights do not materialise, then this movement will remain, whether I am alive or not. Important is Buddhism and Tibetan culture, not the institution of Dalai Lama," he added.

The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule. Beijing has accused the Tibetan leader, who won the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize of inciting separatist movements in Tibet with a hidden pro-independence agenda.

The Tibetan leader however denied the allegations saying he seeks a genuine autonomy for Tibet consisting of the three traditional provinces of Tibet.

Some information for this report was provided by Bernama and Hindustan Times