Dalai Lama hopes for a new era with Chinese President

Dalai Lama greets his followers in Salugara

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama greets his followers during the final day of a preaching session at the Kalachakra Phodrang Monastery in Salugara, on the outskirts of Siliguri on 29 March 2013. The Dalai Lama said that he was optimistic about the role of the new President of China, Xi Jinping and that it might change the crisis of the Tibetan people while speaking to journalists on his final day of a three day visit in Salugara, in India's West Bengal state after an inauguration ceremony of the 130-feet Lord Buddha statue at Buddha Park. AFP/Getty Images/Diptendu Dutta


SALUGARA, India, 30 March 2013

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on Friday hoped for a new era of reconciliation and peace with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The Dalai Lama said that the newly-elected Chinese President Xi Jinping represents a positive change.

The Dalai Lama, who was in Salugara to give a three daylong sermon to the locals, said that he was optimistic of the new leadership and his dealings with the international community.

“The last 10 years, there has been much change. And also, you see, Chinese conduct with outside world also has increased because of economic power. So, therefore the new reality, year by year, some new reality (is) coming,” he said.

“So, the leadership has to act according (to) new reality. So, therefore I think overall I am optimistic. Things are changing,” he added.

The Dalai Lama further said that China can take a significant constructive role in dealing with the global affairs.

“Over 60 years, if you study carefully, there is much change. This change is the Chinese only interest. (With a) 1.3 billion population, the most populated nation, an economic power and also it is growing,” he said.

“So, I think China can take significant constructive role on the planet. So in order to carry (the) constructive role more effectively, trust and respect from the rest of the world is very, very essential. For that reason, transparency is very, very crucial factor. Closed society is very harmful,” he added.

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, who met Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in Durban, South Africa, has termed his meeting with the Chinese President as ‘fruitful’ and as a step in quest of practical pragmatic solutions to the pending issues between the two neighbouring countries.

Praising the new Chinese leadership, Dr Singh said diverse pending issues between India and China would be addressed with good and mutual understanding with the objective of arriving at long-term solutions.

“I got a distinct impression that the new Chinese leadership is as serious as the former Chinese leadership to promote good neighbourly relationship and to find practical, pragmatic solutions to outstanding issues between our two countries,” he added

Dr Singh also agreed to maintain and carry forward the historic ties with China.

“We both agreed that the type of intimate exchanges that used to take place when President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao were holding their respective positions and both of us agreed that we should maintain similar relationship,” he told media on board Air India One while returning last night from the BRICS summit that was held in Durban earlier this week.

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