“If the reality in Tibet is what the government says, and if the Tibetan people are happy, then our information is wrong. We would have to apologize and we would cease all our activities,” he said, “But if it’s not as the government says, then they should take a realistic approach at solving the situation because propaganda isn’t going to work.”
Tibet’s biggest demonstrations throughout the country in almost 20 years took place in March 2008, when thousands of Tibetans, including many monks and nuns, marched to demand the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, an end to religious restrictions and the release of Tibetan political prisoners. Since March 2008, over 220 Tibetans have been killed, 1294 injured, 4 executed by death penalty, 290 sentenced, more than 5600 arrested or detained, and over 1000 disappeared after the Chinese military cracked down harshly on Tibetans.
Allowing the media to report the truth about Tibet would help China to build trust with other countries and increase its authority in global affairs, His Holiness asserted. “People should have full knowledge of the reality, good or bad, and that is lacking in all authoritarian countries and especially in mainland China,” he said. “This must change. If China is going to take a more constructive role on this planet, trust is essential.”
Tibet's spiritual leader also stated on Saturday that his decisions on where to travel were spiritual in nature, not political.
His Holiness said he believed that the Chinese government saw him as a "troublemaker" and had read too much political meaning into his frequent travels abroad.
"The Chinese government considers me a troublemaker, so it is my duty to create more trouble," he quipped. "The Chinese government politicizes too much wherever I go. Where I go is not political."
Chinese government officials have also strongly opposed his planned visit to India's northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh next month, a region that is at the heart of a long-running border dispute with China. He is scheduled to visit the Tawang Buddhist monastery in the state on 8 November.
"I am surprised the Chinese government is negative about my visit," he expressed.
“If my visit creates problems, I’m very sad, that’s all,” the 74 year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner told reporters in Tokyo today. “It was a fearful journey with great anxiety, and when I reached the Tawang area it was an immense relief. I have great feelings about the area.”
His Holiness will give Buddhist teachings, hold a dialogue with scientists and interact widely with the public. His Holiness has no confirmations to meet with Japanese official leaders in the capital, Tokyo.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama's nine-day visit is at the request of the Shikoku Buddhist Association and the Okinawa Mahabodhi Association. He was received by Makino Seishu, Member of Parliament and a long-time friend of Tibet, Japanese supporters, Indian students, western tourists and Chinese and Taiwanese businessmen, along with other people of Japanese, Chinese, Mongolian and Tibetan origins. This is his 12th visit to Japan, the first of which took place in 1967 when His Holiness, left his exile home in India to travel abroad for the first time.