Dalai Lama hopes China's new rulers will offer better approach to Tibetan issue

      Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has expressed hope that the new Chinese leadership will offer a new and better approach on issues related to Tibet. According to the BBC, the Dalai Lama said this at a meeting of global representatives of the exiled Tibetan movement. He said the self-immolations were a symptom of China 's repressive rule in Tibet , and called on its new leadership to accept the need for change. "The new leadership must use common sense and a more holistic view to serve long term-interests. There is no other way," the report quoted him, as saying. "Just using force, censorship and to remain a closed society is almost like suicide. Judging that way, I feel there is possibility or a real chance to change," he added. There is growing concern over the number of Tibetans self-immolating or setting themselves on fire in various parts of China . According to activists, at least 51 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since 2009.

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