Exiled Tibetan PM in India hopes China will resolve issues

Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh), Jan.1 : Tibetan Prime Minister in-exile Lobsang Sangay has expressed hope that Chinese President Xi Jinping will review policies and find a peaceful solution for Tibet as well in 2014.

Since 2009, more than 120 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in China to protest against Beijing's policies in Tibet and nearby regions with large Tibetan populations. Most of them were calling for the return of the Dalai Lama.

Meanwhile, Sangay wished New Year to the people of Tibet.

"We hope in the new year that the Chinese leadership, Xi Jinping led-leadership, will review the case of Tibet and realise the futility of the present hard man policies and find a peaceful way to solve the issue of Tibet," said Sangay.

Violence has flared in Tibet since 1950, when Beijing claims it "peacefully liberated" the region. Many Tibetans say Chinese rule has eroded their culture and religion. They are agitating for the Dalai Lama's return from exile in India, and genuine autonomy for their homeland.

The Chinese government denies trampling Tibetan rights and boasts of having brought development and prosperity to the region.

Beijing considers the Dalai Lama, who fled China in 1959 after an abortive uprising against Chinese rule, a violent separatist. The Dalai Lama, who is based in India, says he is merely seeking greater autonomy for his Himalayan homeland.

Tensions have mounted between Tibet and China since 2008, after riots that broke out in the Tibet Autonomous Region and the Tibetan parts of China, which led to a government crackdown.

--ANI (Posted on 01-01-2014)

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