Dalai Lama: China 'great' but gov't 'harmful'

Dalai Lama: China 'great' but gov't 'harmful'

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 7, 2014 at 11:01 a.m.


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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Dalai Lama calls China a "great nation" but warns that its governmental system is "harmful."

The Buddhist spiritual leader spoke Friday at Washington's National Cathedral.

He says Tibetans are willing to remain part of China, though with greater autonomy to preserve their culture and environment.

President Barack Obama and congressional leaders have welcomed the Nobel laureate during his U.S. visit, angering Beijing, which regards him as an anti-Chinese separatist.

Asked why China's government was upset by his activities, the Dalai Lama said, quote, "Ask them."

He criticizes China's system as unfair and harmful to individual creativity. He says a number of Chinese people, quote, "show solidarity with us" and want more freedom.

Hundreds demonstrated outside the cathedral, many from a Buddhist sect opposed to the Dalai Lama.

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