Tibet Not Seeking Independence: Dalai Lama

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Lhasa—Tibet does not seek independence from China but wants greater development, Dalai Lama said Thursday.

China and Tibet enjoyed a close relationship, though there were occasional “fights”, he said at an interactive session organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce.

“The past is past. We will have to look into the future,” he said in Kolkata, stressing that Tibetans wanted to stay with China.

“We are not seeking independence… We want to stay with China. We want more development,” the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people said.

The Dalai Lama also said China must respect Tibetans’ culture and heritage.

“Tibet has a different culture and a different script… The Chinese people love their own country. We love our own country,” he said.

Holding that no Chinese “understand what had happened in the last few decades”, he said the country had changed over the years.

“With China joining the world, it has changed 40% to 50% of what it was earlier,” he said.

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