Then he also shows the amount of dissent among the Tibetans about responding to Beijing with peaceful means. This is a cloaked message that when the Dalai Lama is no more, no one may be able to keep these angry young people in check.
China's Leaders Praise the Dalai Lama
This has never happened.
The only time praise is connected to the Dalai Lama in a Chinese government statement is e.g. a foreign government leader who gives in to Chinese government pressure and refuses to meet the Dalai Lama. Some examples are: the Australian PM Julia Gillard and the Finnish government in 1996 and 1998.
There have been some allegations that certain interests within the Chinese government have even trained Tibetan women to assassinate the Dalai Lama - praise indeed! HH the Dalai Lama revealed this plot in an interview with the Telegraph UK.
Dalai Lama, Mao Zedong and Communism
I still think of myself as half-Marxist, half-Buddhist!
The Dalai Lama says this in his book Beyond Dogma: The Challenge of the Modern World, Souvenir Press, 1996.
"It was only when I went to China in 1954-55 that I actually studied Marxist ideology and learned the history of the Chinese revolution. Once I understood Marxism, my attitude changed completely. I was so attracted to Marxism, I even expressed my wish to become a Communist Party member."This is what the Dalai Lama says in a Time magazine interview on October 4th, 1999.
Everyday Statesmanship Lesson From Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln, in a speech, referred to the Southerners as fellow human beings who were in error.
An elderly lady chastised him for not calling them irreconcilable enemies that should be destroyed.
“Why madam,” Lincoln replied, “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”
"We must all live harmoniously with our neighbours. Your happiness depends on it."
This saying of the Dalai Lama is more true than ever in a globalising world. More and more Chinese people are opening up to the world and accepting diversity and allowing the rest of the world to enjoy the fascinating richness of Chinese culture.
Many of our Chinese brothers and sisters have truly expanded their horizons to become valuable members of the global community.
Let us hope that a change in the attitude of China's leaders is apparent soon.