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Dalai Lama asks China to ease censorship

Published on Mar 8, 2014 2:02 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Dalai Lama said Friday that China should ease its strict censorship, saying that the world's most populous nation would only achieve its full potential through greater freedoms.

Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, on his latest visit to the United States which was condemned by Beijing, said that he supported the Chinese people but believed that they suffered "disrespect" from the communist system.

"We really love Chinese people, admire Chinese people. Chinese people (are) hard-working, realistic, very efficient people. Their system, now, I think (is) really harmful to develop(ing) Chinese individual creativity," the Dalai Lama said at the Washington National Cathedral.

"1.3 billion Chinese people have every right to know the reality. Once 1.3 billion people know reality, they also have the ability to judge what is right, what is wrong," he said, adding that censorship in a globalized world cannot exist "only within China."

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