LONDON, UK, 27 September 2012
Ahead of an imminent change in Chinese leadership, the Dalai Lama has cautioned China that persistent use of force and repression in Tibet is like “suicide” and hoped the new rulers in Beijing would realise this.
In an interview to BBC, the Tibetan spiritual leader said he was hoping for positive change in Beijing’s approach to Tibet, where frustration over China’s hardline policies has prompted a spate of self immolations, mostly by monks and nuns.
China is gearing up for the once-in-five-years change in the leadership of the Communist Party of China. Next month, the present leaders of the Party will step down and pave way for a new generation of leadership.
“The new leadership must use common sense and a more holistic view to serve long-term interest. There is no other way,” the Dalai Lama said. The Tibetan government-in-exile is also holding talks to discuss its future strategy.
“Just using force, censorship and to remain a closed society is almost like suicide. Judging that way, I feel there is possibility or a real chance to change,” said the Dalai Lama.
The Dalai Lama, 77, said that the immolations being witnessed in Tibetan-dominated areas of China were a symptom of China’s repressive rule.
Communist Party leader Xi Jinping, who is expected to succeed Hu Jintao as China’s President, is seen as sympathetic towards minorities and Tibetans. His much-expected succession has set about speculation that he may bring about a change in policy towards Tibet.