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‘New Chinese President more realistic’

Tibetan religious leader Dalai Lama on Sunday said new Chinese President Xi Jinping “seems more realistic” as he is interested in knowing facts. But, hardliner Chinese Communists were bent on
suppressing the Tibetans and their rich Tibetan Buddhist culture and heritage, he said.
The Dalai Lama called for resolving the Tibet issue through dialogue and non-violent methods. However, a one-sided victory or defeat would lead to confrontation and result in more violence, he said.
He called for making the 21st century the century of dialogue towards building the next century as “the century of peace.”
He said that Tibetan culture was a culture of compassion, non-violence and claimed that Buddhists followers in China were showing more interest in Tibetan Buddhist culture.
The Dalai Lama, who arrived in the city on Saturday on a three-day visit to Assam and Meghalaya, made these statements while delivering the first LBS Founders’ Commemorative Lecture organised in memory of Bichitra Nayaran Dutta Borooah and Khagendra Nath Dutta Borooah.
His inaugural speech was at the five-day festival of Tibetan Arts and Culture organised by the Friends of Tibet and Tibetans. A large number of Tibetan refugees, besides Buddhist followers from Bhutan, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and other northeastern States participated.

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