Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, says he gets hope from Western concern about Chinese-ruled Tibet, even though the situation seems hopeless when viewed from inside the region.
The Dalai Lama told U.S. cable news broadcaster CNN Sunday that he seeks to preserve Tibetan culture, which he said has been given a "death sentence" under Chinese rule.
He told CNN he believes the future of all human beings is to live in an open society, under the rule of law and a transparent government.
The Dalai Lama said he wants to negotiate with China to provide a degree of cultural and political autonomy for Tibetans where they live in China, and not in a separate state.
China has accused the Nobel Peace Prize laureate of seeking the separation of one quarter of China's territory.
The Dalai Lama said Tibetans in China, whether it is intentional or not, face a kind of cultural genocide. But he said international opposition and recent changes in China make it unlikely that Tibetans will become a minority in their own homeland like ethnic Mongolians in Inner Mongolia.
The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, acknowledged that his approach to dialogue with the Chinese leadership has failed to improve the lives of Tibetans in China. However, he said there are hopeful signs, such as the increasing support of Chinese intellectuals.
The Dalai Lama said it will be up to the Tibetan people to decide on what path to take after his death. He said if he dies before Tibet has autonomy, it is logical that his reincarnation will be born outside Tibet in order to continue his work.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP.