The Dalai Lama, the leader of Tibet’s spiritual order, made it plain on Saturday that he is not pursuing Tibet’s independence from China and that he is open to speak with Beijing.
Before departing for Delhi, he spoke to the reporters at the Kangra airport. “China is changing and has now realized that the Tibetan people are very strong, and in order to deal with the Tibetan problem, they want to have contact with me and I am also ready,” he said.
The Dalai Lama said in answer to a question, “I am always open to talks with China and have made it clear years ago that we are not seeking complete independence and would remain a part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).”
Before departing for Ladakh, the Tibetan spiritual leader is expected to spend two days in Delhi. In a four-minute video statement he issued on his birthday, July 6, he said, “I dedicate this life that I have now to helping limitless sentient beings to the best of my ability. I am determined to bring others as much benefit as I can.”
The Dalai Lama has previously said that he is not seeking independence for Tibet but rather autonomy within the PRC.