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article imageDalai Lama is hoping for new Chinese attitude towards Tibet

By Justin King     Feb 6, 2014 in World
Shillong - On every stop along the Dalai Lama’s speaking tour this week in India, he expressed hope for better relations between China and the Buddhist region of Tibet. Today, the Chinese military began increasing security forces in the region.
This week, the Dalai Lama reiterated that Tibet does not want independence from China and that the new Chinese President, Xi Jinping, has engaged in activities attempting to clean up corruption. These activities, the spiritual leader said, are giving Tibetans hope. The Dalai Lama went on to state that the new President should allow the Tibetan people to preserve their culture and heritage. He also took a moment to back India’s attempt to become a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.
Today, hopes for a more relaxed stance on Tibet may have evaporated, as China deployed more paramilitary troops to the area ahead of the Tibetan New Year celebrations planned for early next month. Chinese troops have been present over the last week in the region, but additional troops arrived in Kardze today. The troops are conducting random identification checks of citizens walking through the streets.
During the last five years, over 100 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in protest of Chinese policies.
Last month the Chinese politburo sought tougher restrictions on religious activities in the country, a move seen to be in response to bombs that exploded in Xinjiang.
The Dalai Lama considers India his second home, and has been exiled in the country since 1959. Speaking in Shillong, on Wednesday he said
I am ready to go back to Tibet. It's my home. But the Chinese government does not allow me,
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