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    Dalai Lama says China Must Move Towards Democracy

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    On Saturday (November 17), exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama called on the new Chinese leadership to adopt polices that would move towards democracy and 'openness.'

    Last week, China's ruling Communist Party unveiled a new lineup of leaders following the conclusion of the 18th Party Congress.

    [Dalai Lama, Exiled Tibetan Spiritual Leader]:
    "They (China's new leadership) have to sort of adopt the policies on the basis of reality and all of these unrealistic policies always fail to bring rest."

    The Dalai Lama stressed the importance of India-China relations in resolving the Tibet crisis.

    [Dalai Lama, Exiled Tibetan Spiritual Leader]:
    "The Tibet issue is an important factor in order to develop genuine friendship between these two Asian giants, based on mutual trust."

    Earlier this week, the Dalai Lama also pressed the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to investigate the rise of self-immolations by Tibetans.

    Recently, the United Nations' most senior human rights official called on China to address frustrations that led to the desperate protests. Since March 2011, there have been 74 confirmed cases.

    Indian-based rights groups said there has been a massive security clampdown in Tibet and Tibetan areas of China. In some instances they say protesters were beaten even as they were ablaze.

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