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Dalai Lama: China 'Repression' of Tibet Needs 'Middle Way' Agreement

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In this 2012 file photo, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, right and Lobsang Sangay, Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile, arrive for a news conference in Vienna.

By    |   Friday, 06 Jun 2014 06:34 PM

Tibet’s exiled leader Lobsang Sangay criticized China for its repression of his homeland and said Tibetans are becoming more resentful of the country’s rule and want autonomy.

Sangay said he and other leaders, including the Tibetans’ spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, are pushing for a “Middle Way” of peaceful agreement to live within China, and he asked for more help from other countries in achieving that, AFP said.

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Sangay referred to “total repression and total discrimination” that is occurring in Tibet.

"All this repression is making Tibetans more resentful of the Chinese government's policies and towards the Chinese government and various forms of protests are taking place," Sangary told AFP and other reporters at his government's headquarters in northern India.

Discussions of allowing Tibet to exist autonomously from China fell apart four years ago, and China does not seem interested in resuming those discussions.

"We advise these people to give up their attempts to separate Tibet from China," AFP quoted foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei from a press briefing.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Sangay said Tibetans were not seeking independence from China, but instead wanted the country to consider the “Middle Way Approach” that would allow for autonomy.

Sangay told the WSJ that he’s had “very strong signals” that China’s policies won’t change, however. But he told the newspaper that the government has started assimilating views from various scholars and others about general Tibetan issues, which he called a “bit of a change.”

Still, "One cannot say for sure which way they lean," he told the WSJ. "Fifty years of experience isn't that optimistic."

As Tibet and China’s leaders struggle to forge a path, Tibetans are protesting dramatically, with 130 people protesting through self-immolation in recent history.

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