"But on this earth, in these modern times, democracy and freedom is almost like an unstoppable force... I feel that, definitely, there will be a change."

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama


Since the mid-1980s, it has been clearly demonstrated that Chinese people want democracy. At the same time, for the ruling regime the whole issue of democracy and democratic movements remains so very sensitive. . . . They feel that even a tiny opening could lead to a flood.

In the case of Tibet, more and more Chinese people are showing their sympathy and concern. A few years ago, some Tibetan students studying at Harvard University said that they came into contact with visiting scholars from China who were there. These scholars were all very, very critical of Chinese policy. The struggle is good for neither China nor Tibet. My main aim is to start to bring China to the negotiating table. . . [but] I feel our Chinese brothers and sisters, particularly the officials, use only two organs--their eyes and their mouth, but never this. (points to his ear) They are just lecturing us; they never listen to our viewpoint.

Dalai Lama - the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet in exile

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