Dalai Lama says new Chinese regime capable of change
Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has said that the situation in China had changed in the past three decades and the new regime had the ability to act 'according to the changed reality'.
Talking to media here, the Dalai Lama said that China can no longer remain isolated from the global community and its views of democracy and rule of law.
"The totalitarian system on this planet is now ending, declining, so, how powerful People's Republic of China, they have to go along with the world. That means democracy, rule of law, so, Chinese Communist Party, I feel they also have some ability to act according to new reality. Now let us wait another six months, one year or two years and then we can see," he said.
"The new reality is that totalitarian states are on the decline. This is a world trend, and the Chinese Communist Party will also soon see that democracy is the best thing," he added.
China has ruled Tibet since 1950, when Communist troops marched in and announced its 'peaceful liberation'.
The Dalai Lama, who fled to India in 1959 following a failed uprising, has accused China of 'cultural genocide'.
Beijing considers him a separatist and does not trust his insistence that he only wants greater autonomy for his Himalayan homeland. Beijing denounces the self-immolations as acts by terrorists and criminals.