I am greatly encouraged by the launching of a Charter '08 by academics, artists, farmers and lawyers in
I personally believe that President Hu Jintao's call for a harmonious society is a laudable initiative that can provide space to the viewpoints being expressed by a growing number of Chinese people. A harmonious society can only come into being when there is trust among the people, freedom from fear, freedom of expression, rule of law, justice and equality.
I would like to urge the Chinese leadership to consider making efforts to bring about unity and stability in a civilized way.
I would also like to take this opportunity to call upon the government of the People's Republic of
THE DALAI LAMA
Friday, December 12, 2008