April 17th, 2010
07:36 AM ET

Dalai Lama wants to visit China quake region

The Dalai Lama said Saturday he'd like to visit China to pray with people injured in the earthquake that struck in the province where he was born.

The Dalai Lama, who in 1959 went into exile in India after an aborted Tibetan rebellion against Chinese rule, had expressed a wish to visit victims of the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan that killed about 70,000 people. But he was not allowed to visit China then.

"This time the location of the earthquake lies in Qinghai Province, which happens to be where both the late Panchen Lama and I were born," the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said in a statement on his web site.

"To fulfill the wishes of many of the people there, I am eager to go there myself to offer them comfort."

The death toll from Wednesday's magnitude 6.9 earthquake rose to 1,484 people, officials said late Saturday.

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  1. Amdo

    It would be a huge boost for the victims if he were allowed to go but the Chinese would never allow it.

    April 17, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |

    Dalailama intention is grew but how far the china government understood his interest he is fealing his moral responsibility to stand with victims heirs to give his soldarity not only dali but it is curtesy job. so china government is to provide allthe possible arrangement to visit by dali lama and try to imporve thier relationship betweeen tibat and china, one thing i suggest everyone every individiual is came to universe on a temporary basis but not permanent, so nothing is ours entire belongs to universe to universe, no one can claim in permeanent manner, due to human beings attitude lord as given us little life to servive think if given more life how would be.

    April 17, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jim

    My guess is, Chinese gov will hesitate to let him visit that place, because the area has been involved in March 2008 riot. However, the rioters were radical separatists who may not be in agreement with Dalai Lama. So, the tov may end up letting Dalai visit the place, cuz he doesn't preach violent separatism.

    April 17, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. WHM

    Hasn't China started letting religion back into peoples lives?

    April 17, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tamding

    Please H.Holiness Dalai Lama, do not politicize the crisis. Your visit will only anger China and Tibetans in Tibet will suffer more.

    Tibet was lost to China because of you and your aristocrat family government, now, please let civilian Tibetans to handle their own destiny. If you are sincere to help Tibetans in Tibet, please do ask your aristocrat to stop misleading Tibetans in exile.

    Tibet will be better without a God King raised by Aristocrat family, who still hunger for power. Old Tibet has gone.

    April 17, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mike

    Unfortunately, Dalai Lama is a refuge of his own people now living in India. There are many places where excessive power and aggression are the rule of the world to occupy others lands such as Tibet and Palestine to name a few. We have one life and I am waiting for the day to enjoy genuine human rights and to see freedom of the innocent over from ruthless, immoral and corrupt regimes.

    April 17, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. hdmtom

    Is he crazy or mad? Or too old to act? Chinese peoples are busy in rescue. His visit just make things complicated.He obviously knew it.

    April 17, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. Surthurfurd

    I fear China will not be able to agree to this. To do so would be to empower the idea of Tibetan identity and the leadership of China has been determined to impose their "culture" on the region to secure their domination of it.

    There are options that allow China to assume political control of the region while allowing the people to have their way of life; but these violate the leadership's emotional need for conformity.

    April 17, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rich Zhou

    Dalai Lama,

    Shame of you. Why you left your people in 1959.
    What you are doing just for yourself.

    You always put your personal need first. You are travelling all over the world and keep saying that you are fighting for the freedom for the Tibetian. Can you tell what kind freedom you ever given to tibetian people before 1959. Can you tell the trueth about your slave system under your region before 1959?

    Can you tell American the trueth?


    April 17, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. Laura Chandler

    Why does the US media adopt the Chinese version of events? The Dalai Lama did not go into exile after a "failed Tibetan rebellion against Chinese rule." The Dalai Lama narrowly escaped with his life after the Chinese invaded Tibet, claimed sovereignty over a country it had no legal or even historical claim to, and forced the Tibetans into submission. Hundreds of thousands of Tibetans were killed, many of them monks and nuns, and to this day it is illegal for a Tibetan to own a photo of the Dalai Lama.

    This kind of characterization and use of language in mainstream media points to the complete success of a contemporary empirical nation to obliterate the truth and subjugate a people while we not only watch it happen, but passively condone it. China continues to call the Dalai Lama, a terrorist, though he has received the Nobel Peace Price. They falsely accuse him of wanting Tibet to succeed from China, which he has repeatedly and consistently said he does not. In his wisdom, he understands it would be impossible now to succeed from China. His desire is that Tibetans have access to education and an opportunity to study their religion. Yet, he must constantly battle the war of disinformation waged against him by the Chinese government.

    The media needs to choose its language carefully. It must resist adopting the language of the oppressors, whose goal is to rewrite history, erasing culpability, and responsibility. Our great nation has its own history of brutality – slavery, genocide of Native of Americans, etc. The truth is often hard to face, but we, like so many other countries, have faced the truth of our harmful actions, and we must not shy away from holding others accountable for theirs. Language is power. It must be used wisely, and not lazily as has occurred in this CNN Wire Staff post.

    April 17, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jim Marler

    China should allow him to visit. It would be a great comfort for the people who have so little.

    April 17, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. Please.Please.Please

    The people there are already suffering a nature disaster, more than thousands already dead, more than 10s thousands injured.

    Please please please don't let politics involved, either Dalai Lama or chinese gov. and everyone else, please please please, don't stir this sensitive topic up and make thing ugly.

    At this point, talking about politics is REALLY REALLY UGLY!!

    April 17, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Junior

    To Laura Chandler

    You are absolutely right in pointing out the following: "Our great nation has its own history of brutality – slavery, genocide of Native of Americans, etc. The truth is often hard to face, but we, like so many other countries, have faced the truth of our harmful actions, and we must not shy away from holding others accountable for theirs."

    However, before you point your finger to Chinese government, go to the library and do your homework about Tibetan history. Before 1950, the interest groups represented by Dalai Lama were SLAVERING the farmers. Please note that I am using the right word: SLAVE, which means that they could be TRADED like horses. There is no difference between the horse and an experienced slave in Tibet prior to 1950, simply because they had the same price in the market.

    Read more and think twice before you fight for this demon.

    April 18, 2010 at 5:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. jacob

    If Dalai wants to help, he can give them some of his money, but not politics.

    April 19, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. Clint

    Someone please explain to Tamding, and Rich Zhou that this is not the time or place for Chinese propaganda. Thank You.

    Moving forward,

    If the people in the affected area want His Holiness to visit then he should be allowed, here's your chance to do what's right China and improve your image at least a little.

    April 19, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
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