His Holiness the Dalai Lama says Tibet wants to stay with China, Urges Respect for Tibetan Cultural Heritage.

November 24, 2017

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking at the Indian Chamber of Commerce, 23 November 2017.
Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

KOLKATTA: Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said on Thursday that Tibet does not seek independence from China but seeks greater development.

Speaking at an interactive session hosted by the Indian Chamber of Commerce, His Holiness said, "We are not seeking independence.We want to stay with China. We want more development."

The Noble-winning Tibetan leader stressed that China too must respect Tibetans' culture and heritage. "Tibet has a different culture and a different script. The Chinese people love their own country. We love our own country," he said.

China and Tibet enjoyed a close relationship, though there were occasional "fights", "The past is past. We will have to look into the future," he said.

His Holiness noted that China had changed since it began to reintegrate with the world order in the late 1970s. "With China joining the world, it has changed 40% to 50% of what it was earlier."

Calling attention to Tibet's environment, His Holiness stated that ecological significance of the Tibetan Plateau is as relevant to the world as is for Tibetans. He recalled a Chinese research study which revealed that the Tibetan plateau affects global warming as much as South Pole and the North Pole. "The Chinese ecologist called it the Third Pole," His Holiness said.

"Major rivers covering whole of Asia, from Yangtze to Sindhu rivers originate from Tibet. Billions of lives are involved. Taking care of the Tibetan Plateau is not only good for Tibet but for billions of people," His Holiness said, iterating one of his lifelong commitment-protection of the natural pristine environment of Tibet.