New Delhi: The Dalai Lama on Wednesday asked Beijing to give Tibet a meaningful autonomy for the mutual benefit of both his homeland and China.
“China has the highest population of Tibetan Buddhists. Many Chinese intellectuals fully support our cause,” the spiritual leader said while addressing reporters here.
Rubbishing media reports that India is using the Dalai Lama as a diplomatic leverage to challenge China, the Tibetan spiritual leader said that India has never used him against China.
On Chinese anger over India allowing him to visit Arunachal, he said, “Please do not say angry Chinese. There are many in China who love India. It is only some narrow-minded politicians who see India in a different way just like the way they see me as a demon. I am not a demon.”
We are not seeing independence. We want to remain with the people’s republic of China. Tibet is materialistically backward but spiritually highly advanced. We want to develop materialistically by remaining with China and it should also feel the same way for the mutual benefit,” he said while recollecting his escape to India 58 years ago and his journey through Bomdila.