The Dalai Lama has said he expects Xi Jinping and China’s next generation of leaders, to have “no choice but to embark on political reforms to leave a lasting mark the way the current leadership has done with economic reforms”.
“Now Hu Jintao’s era (is the) past, now Xi Jinping is coming as president. I think there’s no alternative except some political change, so political reform. Economy reform (is) already there” the Dalai Lama told reporters while on a pastoral visit to Japan.
He acknowledged that economic reforms had produced benefits for China, but said the resort to force by the authorities was at odds with their aim of creating a “harmonious society”.
“Using force brings suspicion, fear. That’s just opposite of harmony,” he said.
A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry told a regular press briefing on Monday that the Dalai Lama’s “international activities aim at colluding with international anti-China separatist forces to undermine relations between China and other countries so as to split the nation”.
Chinese officials also attacked the UN for criticizing efforts by Beijing to curb the recent spat of self-immolations by Tibetan protesters.
U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay urged Chinese authorities on Friday to better address grievances expressed by Tibetan people and allow independent monitors to visit the region.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei blamed the “Dalai clique” for glorifying self-immolations and encouraging “ugly and evil acts intended to achieve the separatist goal of Tibetan independence at the expense of other people’s lives”. Numerous members of the Tibetan government in exile, including the Dalai Lama, have called upon Tibetans in China to stop the practice of self-immolation.