Dalai Lama: Chinese leaders ‘don’t understand variety’ of cultures’

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama attends press conference in Malmö, Sweden September 12, 2018. TT News Agency/Johan Nilsson via REUTERS

TOKYO, Nov. 10 (Reuters) – Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, criticized the leaders of China on Wednesday say they “don’t understand the variety” of different cultures” there and there is too much control by the main Han ethnic group.

But he also said he had nothing against “Chinese brothers and sisters” as fellow human beings and he broadly supported the ideas behind Communism and Marxism.

the 86-year-old Dalai Lama, die participate in An online news conference anchored in Tokyo, answered a question over the question of the international community should consider the Winter Olympics in boycott Beijing over the suppression of minorities, including die in the western region of Xinjiang.

“L know Communist Party leaders since Mao Zedong. Their ideas (are) good. But sometimes they do a lot of extreme, tight control,” he said from his base in India, adding that he thought things would change in China under one new generation of leaders.

“Concerning Tibet and also Xinjiang, we have our own unique culture, so the more narrow-minded Chinese communist leaders, they don’t understand the variety of different cultures.”

Noting that China wasn’t just made up of: of ethnic Han people but also other, different, groups, he added: “In reality, too much control by Han people.”

China seized control of Tibet after its troops de region in 1950 in what it calls a “peaceful liberation.” Tibet has since become one of the most restricted and sensitive areas in the country.

Beijing salutes the Dalai Lama, who fled to India in 1959 after a failed revolt against Chinese rule, as a dangerous “splittist” of separatist. He worked for decades to draw global support for linguistic and cultural autonomy in to be remotemountainous homeland.

The Dalai Lama said that he in broadly supported of Communism and Marxism, laughing as he told an anecdote over how he once thought of joining the Communist Party, but was advised against by a friend.


Asked about Taiwan, the center of increased military voltage in the region, he said he thought the island was the… true warehouse of China’s ancient culture and traditions since on on the mainland it was now “too politicized”.

“Taiwan is getting a lot economically” of help from mainland China,” he said. “And culture, Chinese culture, including Buddhism, I think mainland Chinese brothers and sisters can learn a lot from Taiwanese brothers and sisters.”

Although the Dalai Lama said he did not plan to meet Chinese leader Xi Jinping, he said he would like attend again to see old friends since “I’m getting older” – but would avoid Taiwan, as relations between the country and China are “quite delicate”.

“I prefer remain here in India, peacefully,” he said, praising it as a center of religious harmony – despite complaints from Muslims in recent years.

But in the end he said that all religions had the same message.

“All religions carry the message” of love and use another philosophy of views. So now the problem (is) the politicians, in cases some economists … use this difference of religion. So now religion is also politicized – so that’s a problem.”

Reporting by Elaine Lies and Antoni Slodkowski; Editing by Christian Schmollinger, Robert Birsel

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