The Tibetan spiritual leader has criticized Chinese leaders for not appreciating unique cultures in Tibet and Xinjiang.
Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, criticized China’s leaders and said they “did not understand the diversity of different cultures”, while reaffirming their support for their Communist and Marxist ideals.
The 86-year-old Dalai Lama attended an online news conference anchored in Tokyo on Wednesday, saying the more narrow-minded Chinese Communist leaders did not appreciate the unique culture in Tibet and Xinjiang.
The problem stemmed from “too much control by Han people,” the largest ethnic group in China. “I have known Communist Party leaders since Mao Zedong. Their ideas (are) good. But sometimes they do very extreme, strict control, “he said.
Uighur Muslims in China’s western Xinjiang region has faced increasing government repression, with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on Tuesday pronounce “The museum’s serious concern that the Chinese government might commit genocide” against the Uighurs.
Despite the criticism, Tibet’s 14th Dalai Lama said he had nothing against “Chinese brothers and sisters” as fellow human beings and that he broadly supported the ideas behind Communism and Marxism.
Beijing has ruled the remote western region since 1951 after its People’s Liberation Army marched in and took control of what it called a “peaceful liberation.” Tibet has since become one of the most restricted and sensitive areas in the country.
The Dalai Lama also praised Taiwan, which the Chinese government considers a breakaway province that will eventually be part of the country again, saying the island is the true repository of China’s ancient culture and traditions as it is now “too” on the mainland. politicized “is. .
Beijing considers the Dalai Lama, who fled to India in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, a dangerous separatist. He worked for decades to gain worldwide support for linguistic and cultural autonomy in his remote, mountainous homeland.
The Dalai Lama said he had no plans to meet with China’s leader Xi Jinping but would like to visit again to see old friends.
“I prefer to remain peaceful here in India,” he said, praising it as a center of religious harmony despite increasing attacks on Muslims over the past few years by far-right Hindu groups.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has made his first visit to the autonomous region as the national leader in July and encouraged people there to “follow the party.” The visit was also the first held by a Chinese leader in 30 years.