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Tibetan leader holds hope China can learn from Canada

posted Dec 4, 2012, 5:27 PM by The Tibetan Political Review
 

By STEPHANIE NOLEN
NEW DELHI — The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Dec. 03 2012

China should look at Canada’s example to allay its fears of Tibetan aspirations for freedom, the head of the Tibetan government-in-exile says.

In an exclusive interview with The Globe and Mail, Lobsang Sangay, a Tibetan refugee and legal scholar, expressed cautious hope that the change of leadership in China next spring will start to reverse increasingly hardline policies toward Tibet. There is a “basis” for optimism, he says, even though China is going through a period of rising nationalism.

Mr. Sangay also lamented the “desperate” protests against Chinese rule that have taken shape in a wave of self-immolations by Tibetan monks, but said those acts reflect the environment of repression in which Tibetans live.



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