'I Am Not Seeking Independence,' Reconfirms His Holiness

November 3rd 2009


His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressing the media in Japan

His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressing the media in Japan's Matsuyama city on Novermber 3, 2009. The exiled Tibetan leader restated that he was not demanding independence for Tibet.photo:Tenzin Choejor

Matsuyama, Japan, 3 November 2009 (By Sherab Woeser, ) - On his arrival at the provincial capital of Matsuyama early morning today, His Holiness the Dalai Lama interacted with the local media at Funaya Hotel for over an hour.

'I am not demanding independence for Tibet. I am only seeking genuine autonomy as enshrined in the constitution of People's Republic of China,' said the exiled Tibetan leader in response to a question. Expressing his hope in the Chinese people, His Holiness said that the number of articles and commentaries, critical of China's policies on Tibet in the past one year by Chinese scholars and intellectuals were encouraging signs.

A capacity crowd of 5,300 attend the public talk of His Holiness the Dalai at the Ehime Budokan stadium in Japan on November 3, 2009. The Nobel Peace laureate is on his 12th visit to the island nation. photo: Tenzin Choejor

A capacity crowd of 5,300 attend the public talk of His Holiness the Dalai at the Ehime Budokan stadium in Japan on November 3, 2009. The Nobel Peace laureate is on his 12th visit to the island nation. photo: Tenzin Choejor

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