Dalai Lama changes program
says China is good for Tibet

Russia Herald

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has said that Tibet has gained greater material benefit under China authority.

While addressing students of the Indian Institute of Management, he said every Tibetan wanted Tibet to modernise.

He said as far as material development was concerned, the country received greater benefit from remaining within the Peoples Republic of China.

Nevertheless, he said, Tibetans should fight for the 'wholesome interests' of Tibet and to have meaningful autonomy.

The Dalai Lama set up his seat of power in Dharamsala after he and his followers fled to India in 1959, following a failed uprising against the Chinese occupation of Tibet.

The Dalai Lama now says he has accepted Chinese sovereignty over Tibet, but wants greater autonomy, not independence, for his predominantly Buddhist homeland.

Beijing still considers the Dalai Lama to be a separatist and has accused him of continuing to promote Tibetan independence.

The Dalai Lama is still revered by most Tibetans inside the Himalayan region despite repeated campaigns to stamp out feelings of loyalty toward him.